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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Ottawa in the 1930s 

Take a walk back in time during Heritage Week to learn about life in Ottawa in the 1930s.  The 1930s was a difficult time for all Canada, including Ottawa.  Ottawa was a major lumbering and manufacturing centre.  The layoffs and closures had a dramatic impact on the poor of Lower Town, Eastview (Vanier) and LeBreton Flats. Middle and upper classes not exempt even if they kept jobs. There were major investment losses.  

Join James Powell of the Historical Society of Ottawa as he brings history alive, focusing on four events: the failure of a major Ottawa-based brokerage firm in 1930 after the stock market crash, L'Affaire Tissot, which involves anti-Semitism in the city in 1935, the Eastview birth control trial in 1937, and the Royal Visit of 1939. 

About the speaker:

James Powell, who retired from the Bank of Canada in 2006, is a director of The Historical Society of Ottawa and is the author of the Ottawa history blog Today in Ottawa’s History. He is also the author or co-author three books dealing with some aspect of Canadian history: A History of the Canadian Dollar, The Bank of Canada of James Elliott Coyne: Challenges, Confrontation and Change, and with Jill Moxley, Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada.