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.   


Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 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.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Extended curbside service


Curbisde holds and pick-up service will continue at the back door and parking lot from 10 am to 6 pm until further notice. 

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Ottawa History Websites

Our favourite sites for exploring Ottawa’s history at the click of a mouse!

  • Britannia: A History A collection of articles on the history of Britannia neighbourhood
  • Bytown or Bust: A digital history of eastern Ontario and western Quebec, 1600 to 2015
  • Capital History Stories about life and work in Canada's National Capital Region.  A project of the Carleton Centre for Public History.
  • Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association Check the “History and Heritage” page for a timeline, map, etc. of this area
  • History of Ottawa East History Project of the Old Ottawa East Community Association
  • Kitichisippi Museum Dave Allston’s intriguing blog about west Ottawa’s little-known history
  • Lost Ottawa Facebook research community devoted to images of Ottawa and the Outaouais up to the year 2000.
  • Margins of History Christopher Ryan's blog covers varied stories from Ottawa’s history
  • Mid-Century Modern and 1970s-Era Ottawa A celebration of mid-century modern and 1970s residential design in Ottawa
  • OttawaHH Ottawa’s History and Heritage in Pictures
  • Ottawa Past & Present Photographic comparisons of Ottawa locations, in the past vs. today
  • Ottawa Rewind Not to be missed - Andrew King’s stories about fascinating and quirky episodes in Ottawa’s history
  • Ottawa South History Project Mapof heritage properties, essays, and stories from the Old Ottawa South Community Association
  • Richmond Heritage Richmond, Ontario in the nineteenth century
  • Sandy Hill History People, places and events from Sandy Hill's past, by François Bregha
  • Spacing Ottawa The blog of the urban design magazine, with many articles on Ottawa’s past
  • Today in Ottawa’s History: A day-by-day account of Ottawa’s history by James Powell
  • Urbsite   Compelling photographs and essays on Ottawa’s architecture, urban design, and history
  • Vanier Now: Articles about Vanier’s past, as well as the present.