Current In-Person Services


OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops 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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Staff Blogs

I have often joked with my friends that I can’t afford my reading habit...
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Come on out to our Book Smack event - where in less than 45...
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You may recently have seen the news (trending, of course), that Disney is interested...
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Calling all visitors to the Main Branch: Stop by the 1st floor information hub...
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Out and about downtown Ottawa for Winterlude, and in need of a warm-up? Join...
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The United Nations have declared October 11 th to be the International Day of...
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As Hawksley Workman sings in “ Autumn’s Here ”, I think that ghosts like...
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It’s Ontario Public Library Week! While there is plenty to talk about on the...
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Long after you’ve left school, this time of year may still leave you with...
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For readers looking for that perfect historical romance for the beach or cottage this...
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Binge-watching meets Jane Austen in the Emmy Award-winning YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries...
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This time of year, I find myself remembering long summer afternoons spent under a...
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Marjorie Hillis’ Live Alone and Like It is the best guide to living I...
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Looking for a perfect sci-fi summer read? Look no further than The Summer Prince...
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Many Canadians, both new and already established, look for the opportunity to practice and...
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When times are hard, we must keep calm and carry on – keep a...
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I have nothing but admiration for gardeners. Their vision and apparently infinite patience place...
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Come to the Main Branch at 11 a.m. from Monday, March 27-Thursday, March 30...
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With a title like Blueprint for Revolution – How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego...
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