Contactless services inside branches – effective June 14


As of June 14, 2021, there will be contactless services inside most branches, with capacity limits in place. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Awesome Authors youth writing contest


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And the winners are...

About the contest

The Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest gives young writers, between the ages of 9 and 18, the chance to win awesome cash prizes, get published and share their talent with the world!

This contest would not be possible without the generosity of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association.

Meet the judges

Our awesome judges are all local authors, and you will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from these mentors through online workshops. Visit our Youtube Channel to learn a bit more about them.

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Catherine Austen

Catherine Austen writes for children, teens, and adults. Catherine’s books have won multiple awards. She has given writing workshops and presentations from coast to coast. You can find more about her on her website, and you can listen to her podcast of spooky stories.

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Apollo the Child

Apollo the Child is a Spoken Word poet, Hip Hop Artist, Radio Host, youth worker, events organizer and the current co-director of the Urban Legends Poetry Collective. Apollo is one half of the Hip Hop duo Poetic Elements with rapper/producer Masai. He has been active in the Ottawa arts scene since he was a teen.

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Amelinda Bérubé

Amelinda Bérubé writes about ghosts and monsters and other things that go bump in the night. She is the author of two novels for young adults, The Dark Beneath the Ice and Bram Stoker Award nominee Here There Are Monsters. In her other lives, Amelinda is a mother of two and a passionate gardener. Find more about her on her website. Photo credit: Mondays with Mac Photograph

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Karine Perron

A social worker, Karine Perron devotes her days to working for the well-being of people. What she wants to convey in her writing: hope, perseverance and the importance of believing in her dreams. Winner of the Prix Émergence de littérature jeunesse 2018 awarded by the AAOF, Karine Perron, passionate about literature and theater, pursues the incredible adventures of Florence with her unique style. 

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Éric Péladeau

To this day, Eric Péladeau published over a hundred books and has collaborated to many magazines. Many of them were nominated or winners for awards. A writer, an illustrator and a graphic designer, public speaker and stand up comedian, Éric is not afraid to take on new challenges. Visit his website, to find out more.