Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Awesome Authors: Winners Announcement Ages 13-18



After long hours of work, the members of the jury of the Awesome Authors youth writing contest selected the winners. It was not an easy task, there is a lot of young talent in Ottawa.

We invite you to listen to our Winner Announcement video to find out who the winners are. The members of the jury, composed of Catherine Austen, Amelinda Bérubé, Éric Péladeau, Karine Perron, and Apollo the Child, wanted to show their appreciation in person and have filmed themselves announcing the winners in each category. The video opens with short messages from the Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), which we thank for their generous support. Did you know? Each year, FOPLA publishes an anthology of all the winning submissions titled pot-pourri.

Winners will receive an email or a phone call, in the following weeks, to give you more details about the prizes. To discover the winners of the age category 9-12, click here.

Thank you all for participating in such large numbers. And a huge thank you to our judges for their time and dedication.


Awesome Authors: Winner Announcement | 13-18 | Super auteur.e.s : dévoilement des gagnants