Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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Access Passes: museums, parks, and skiing

Ottawa Public Library has a number of Access Passes that provide free general admission to museums, parks, and other sites of interest in the Ottawa area.

Think of the Library before your next outing and borrow an Access Pass from one of our open branches.

  • Artpass

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    National Gallery of Canada

  • Ingenium pass

    Jacket cover: Ingenium pass

    Access to Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

  • Library Pass

    Jacket cover: Library Pass

    The Ottawa Museum Network includes 11 local museums

  • Museum Pass

    Jacket cover: Museum Pass

    Provides access to both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum

  • Nature Card

    Jacket cover: Nature Card

    Provides access to the Canadian Museum of Nature

  • Ontario Parks 2021 Commercial Vehicle Permit

    Jacket cover: Ontario Parks 2021 Commercial Vehicle Permit

    “Check out” nature at your library!

    More information: Ontario Parks
  • City Of Ottawa Ski Pass

    Provides access to Mooney's Bay Ski Centre trails.

  • Gatineau Park cross-country ski pass

    In partnership with the National Capital Commission. Provides access to the trails of Gatineau Park.

How to use museum, park, and ski passes

Find the pass you want on this page and click on "Check availability" to see where you can borrow it. To provide equitable access, passes are Express items and cannot be put on hold. You can check out one pass at a time for up to seven days.

Before you go, review the visiting hours, information and requirements for the place you wish to visit. The visitor experience at certain sites may be different than it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access Passes from the Library are valid for general admission only. Special exhibitions or events may require additional admission fees.

Because we receive a limited number of passes from partner organizations, we cannot adjust quantities based on demand, like we do for other catalogue items.