Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Old Forge Podcast


Hi, my name is Romaine and I'm a librarian at Ottawa Public Library. Recently, we spoke with staff, volunteers, and guests at the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre about their biweekly Luncheon Program for seniors.

My name is Vanessa Jackson, and I'm the Program Manager for the Day Program and the luncheon.  The program's been running for over 20 years; we take anywhere between ten to about twenty clients each week and we get together for a hot lunch and then we have programming afterwards, which is a variety of entertainment such as volunteer musical entertainers, guest speakers, and occasionally, an occasional bingo.  It's a chance for any senior who wants to come out and get to be with other people, it's a nice social outing, nice as I've really gotten to know the folks who come out and we have lots and lots of laughs together.  We do lots of dancing and singing and I've learned so much from everybody too; everyone's so interesting and they all have their own stories.

Well, my name is Anita Niksic  

So why do you come to the lunch program?

To social with people and to learn different things

 Mon nom est Edmond Blakeney.  

 Lois Frasier-Blakeney.  It's interesting and it's a chance to know other people

We had a group come in with parrots, there, a few weeks back

Oh, yes.  Yes, they had 3 or 4 parrots, different types of parrots.  It was really interesting. I enjoyed it very much.

Yes, especially, I participated, a parrot got on to my arm and I was able to talk with it

My name is Saida Nagit [sp?].  

Gail Brown 

 Francine Temporeo [sp?]  

Mary McCaffrey 

Why did you volunteer for this program?

To help, to get busy, to just not sit at home and do nothing

Yes, that's the main thing

And to meet people too

What do you like about it?

To interact with the seniors; just. . . we know we're helping

And we know, if we need it sometime, we can come here