Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 at 10 am.  .  

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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OPL’s Alta Vista branch closure extended to August 22 Branch will reopen August 23

Aug 6 2021

OTTAWA – The Alta Vista branch of Ottawa Public Library (2516 Alta Vista Drive) will remain closed until Sunday, August 22, for major repairs to the main entrance. The extent of the repairs is greater than originally expected. The Alta Vista branch will reopen on Monday, August 23 at 10 am.

  • There will be no returns or holds pickup during this time.
  • The external book drops will not be available as the sorter will not be operating.

During the closure, the nearest alternative OPL branches to access Library services are:

  • Greenboro branch, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.
  • Elmvale Acres branch, 1910 St-Laurent Blvd.
  • Sunnyside branch, 1049 Bank St.

The Library regrets the inconvenience.

A reminder that online services are always available via the Library website at the

Note that a second closure will be needed in September. Dates are still to be confirmed.  

Please check the OPL website for information about hours and location. For the latest updates about current service levels at OPL, please visit our website

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!


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