• Current In-Person Services


    22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are open for modified services at this time. For details on our current in-person services, visit: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/current-branch-services.

    Visit our Hours and Locations page for our current branch hours and our Bookmobile page for the current Bookmobile schedule.

    MANDATORY:  Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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In a rush? Pick up a Backpack

The Ready to Read backpacks are bags filled with six hand-picked picture books aimed at children ages 6 and under. Backpacks are re-filled with a different mix of books after each use – the contents are therefore a surprise for the parent/caregiver and the child every time!

The Ready to Read backpacks make it easier and more convenient for parents and caregivers to offer their children quality reading material that support the Every Child Ready to Read activities. The books are “must-reads”, staff favourites, classic picture books, and easy to read information books from our non-fiction collection.

The Ready to Read backpacks are available at some of our branches. The loan period for the backpack is three weeks and it is renewable. Each book in the backpack must be checked out individually. The backpacks cannot be requested.


The Ready to Read backpacks were made possible with financial support from the Friends of the OPL