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Thursday, January 26, 2023

February is Black History Month and a chance to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Black communities in Canada and worldwide. This month, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites you to learn from the perspectives and experiences of community leaders, authors and professionals in Canada’s Black community.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Ottawa Family Literacy Day, on January 27, is a fixture in the calendar year at Ottawa Public Library (OPL) ever since its creation by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. This year, OPL decided to stretch the occasion out to a full week from January 21 to January 27―when Ottawa families are invited to some special storytimes that take storytelling and storybuilding to the next level. Kids and their families will get to see Cubetto in action right from the comfort of their local library.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Ottawa – Starting today, January 10, 2023, talented young people between the ages of 9 and 18 from across Ottawa with a story to share in words or in comic/graphic novel style can get in the running – and writing – for greater skill, exposure and rewards by signing up for Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) annual Awesome Authors writing contest. Registration for this popular youth writing contest is open.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Ottawa - Once again, the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is joining forces with the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français (AAOF) for sessions of Croisée des mots.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

OTTAWA- All branches of Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2022, due to the winter storm expected to start overnight. Environment Canada has identified haza

Monday, December 19, 2022

Ottawa Public Library (OPL) presents the most requested books of 2022. The annual lists for adults, teens and kids are curated based on the number of hold requests made at OPL, between January 1 and December 1, 2022. The lists include some new releases as well as some recurring favourites.

Monday, November 14, 2022

OTTAWA – Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites  members of the public to celebrate the opening of OPL’s Metcalfe village branch at its new location (8243 Victoria Street) Tuesday, November 22 at 4 pm.  

Monday, November 14, 2022

Ottawa StoryTellers (OST) and Ottawa Public Library (OPL) are delighted to present theannual Children’s Storytelling Festivalfrom November 21 to 26, 2022, with storytelling events online and in person.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

OTTAWA – At a special meeting of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Board held this evening, October 4, 2022, the OPL Board appointed Sonia Bebbington (BA, MA, MLIS) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective October 31, 2022. 

Monday, October 3, 2022

Ottawa - The Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, in consultation with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), has called a special meeting of the Ottawa Public Library Board for Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 5 pm in accordance with Section 16(1)(a)(b) of the OPL Board Rules of Pr

Saturday, October 1, 2022

OTTAWA – Canadian Library Month begins today, just one day after the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Monday, September 26, 2022

OTTAWA- Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is pleased to announce that renovations for the Metcalfe village branch located at the Town Hall are now complete and the branch will reopen at its new location on Thursday, October 13 at 10 am. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

OTTAWA- Ottawa Public Library is pleased to announce that opening hours will increase starting October 11. Tuesday and Thursday morning hours have been added to most urban and suburban branches.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Originally called Orange Shirt Day in honour of the victims and survivors of residential schools, thday is an important occasion to learn more about the impacts of forcing an estimated 150,000 Indigenous children from across Canada to attend residential schools. The last residential school closed as recently as 1996 and Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is committed to public education about this period of history and its ongoing effects.  

Seven OPL branches will be open for programand access to resources about the experiences of Indigenous children and youth in residential schoolsand the intergenerational trauma that continues to affect Indigenous families and communities 

Monday, September 12, 2022

OTTAWA— Throughout Science Literacy Week, September 19 to 25, 2022, Ottawa Public Lib

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is seeking input from residents, cardholders, and Library stakeholders to confirm that its draft Facilities Framework responds to the needs of the Ottawa community. 

To this end, a survey is available online and in branches, in English and French, until September 15, 2022. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

OTTAWA- Summer is here, and Ottawa Public Library is putting on a Teen Staycation program that will make even the haziest and laziest days of summer something to enjoy and remember for teens aged 13 to 18. 

Monday, June 20, 2022

June 20, 2022 –At an event today, Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board (on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage), Coun

Thursday, June 16, 2022

OTTAWA- There's no doubt that our City has been through a lot the past year. But, regardless of the challenges, hundreds of Ottawa youth aged 9 to 18 answered the call to participate in the 2021–2022 Awesome Authors writing contest. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

OTTAWA-  A quick reminder that Sunday hours will be paused for the months of July and August and will return in September, as in previous years. 

The last Sunday to enjoy Library services is June 26. However, Sunday hours will return in the Fall on September 11.