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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Calling All Young Scientists!

Picture of 3 science beakers with blue, green and red liquid.

Apr 08, 2020


Did you know that the Ottawa Public Library offers free access to a variety of magazines? If there’s a budding scientist in your life, a library card will unlock the door to these great science magazines for kids. 


Kids Go Gardening: Spring is in the air, so now is the perfect time to start planning your garden. This magazine will give you lots of kid-friendly ideas for growing vegetables and flowers around your home. Don’t miss the word puzzles and craft ideas, too. Available online through PressReader.


Wild: Do you know what kind of bird can fly upside-down? Do snails have teeth? For the answers to these questions and many others, look no further than Wild Magazine. Jam-packed with trivia, puzzles, and games, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Available online through PressReader.


National Geographic Little Kids: For younger readers in your household, the Little Kids version of National Geographic has beautiful full-colour photographs, learning prompts, and fun facts about a variety of animals. You can also check out National Geographic Kids for older readers. Available online through RBdigital.


Muse: For the aspiring scientists among us, Muse features articles about discoveries and trending topics in the scientific community alongside fun quizzes and reader questions. Merging science photography and comic-book illustrations, this magazine has wide appeal. Available online through RBdigital.


Beyond Horizons: A magazine for tweens and teens, Beyond Horizons features articles about the environment, prehistoric creatures, physical activity, and much more. Available online through PressReader. 


To learn how to create an account with RBdigitital, please click here.


Blog post contributed by Jennifer from our Beaverbrook branch.