• Current In-Person Services

    19/10/2020

    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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Anna Burns has scored her second big literary prize for Milkman , after also winning the 2018 Man Booker Prize...
Dear parents and guardians, We miss you dearly in the branches. While we’ve seen many of you online at our...
Alicia Elliott's A Mind Spread Out on the Ground wins the 2020 Evergreen, an award that is voted on by...
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On Monday, October 5th CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the...
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us...
There are many familiar faces and titles on the Ottawa Book Awards' list of finalists: Karen McBride for Crow Winter...
Esi Edugyan's Washington Black has the honour of being shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2020. The Ottawa...
Nothing beats a sunny day outside, enjoying the soft breeze and a really good book! That summer feeling doesn’t have...
A Dutch novel, The Discomfort of Evening has won the prestigious International Booker Prize in 2020. A debut that became...
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I...
Summer 2020 has been an unforgettable summer, although, not in the way most of us would like. Quarantining, and social...
This past summer has been quite unlike the many we have seen before. With the pandemic, changes to schooling, working,...
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Is your child enrolled in a French immersion class? Do you want them to keep practicing over the summer without...
Josephine Cox wrote a small library of family sagas, and sold more than 20 million copies. Her popular style captured...
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It is wonderful to see all the shiny new library items coming in – and doubly exciting n ow that...
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On Monday, July 6th, CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the...
Bernardine Evaristo and Candice Carty-Williams have won top prizes at the British Book awards for Author of the Year, and...
Celebrate that we are safe in Canada doing our best in this unusual time of COVID-19. Keep your distance, wash...
In past summers, library branches across Ottawa had ballot boxes in their children’s departments for kids to enter a draw...
Not sure what to read next? Then join the OPL Teen Virtual Book Club to share and talk about the...
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A goalie, a bat, and a mysterious box of medallions…what do they have in common? They’re featured in the winning...
Many Ottawa residents are reading Crow Winter this month, as OPL offers unlimited access to the ebook to all cardholders...
Congratulations to the winners of the Trillium Book Award Téa Mutonji, Roxanna Bennett, Paul Ruban, and Véronique Sylvain. The Trillium...
UPDATE: for those who would like to listen to an excellent exposé of racism in the U.S. justice system, The...

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