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: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Be a Library Volunteer

Volunteering requires enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to help others.

  • You must be at least 14 years old to be a volunteer
  • You must submit an application. This can be done online through Better Impact.  An application is not a guarantee of a placement.
  • Volunteer screening includes an interview and reference checks
  • Some volunteer placements may require a Police Records Check
  • Volunteering at the Library counts toward the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement of community involvement for high school graduation

For more information, contact: libraryvolunteers [at]

Volunteer opportunities are also available from the City of Ottawa.

Volunteer tasks for teens

Teens can complete 40 hours of the Ontario Ministry of Education requirement for community involvement at the Library in a variety of ways. Teens who wish to volunteer must have parent/guardian permission, through Better Impact.

  • Joining a Teen Advisory Group (ages 14 to 18). Examples of projects and responsibilities of TAGs can be found here
  • Helping Children’s staff with programs
    • Preparing craft materials and program supplies
    • Designing and maintaining displays
    • Helping during children’s activities
  • Helping to prepare for upcoming Teen programs
    • Teen Author Fest (annually in the Fall)
  • Helping with programs for seniors
    • Assisting in Wii gaming programs
    • Being a monitor during computer classes
  • Preparing kits for outreach events
    • Every Kid a Card campaign, 1-2-3 Read with me, Summer Reading Club, and / or Share the Words program
    • Encouraging children who are reluctant readers to develop the self-confidence and the motivation to read for pleasure
    • This program matches a volunteer teen who is an avid reader with a younger reluctant reader on a one-to-one basis
  • Summer Volunteer Program for Teens
    • Assist with a variety of projects during July and August
  • Special Events
  • Shelf Maintenance
    • Putting materials in order
    • Sorting materials