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.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

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. 

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CBC's All in a Day Book Panel

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Dec 08, 2020

On Monday, December 7th, CBC's All in a Day book panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of Ottawa Writers Festival, had a rapid fire discussion of their top choices for holiday gifts. The list of 20 titles includes books for everyone from children and teens to gardeners, cooks, local adventurers and anyone just looking for a great read! You can check out their lists below and if you missed the show you can listen at the following link


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Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal. December gift guide edition!


Square Haunting by Francesca Wade

Sean Archer seems to be a bit of a gloomy Gus. The way he spoke about the news being so depressing you would never guess this podcast was recorded the day before the UK started its vaccination program for COVID-19, bringing the world that much closer to the end of this pandemic. One of Ann Archer's recommendations was "Square Haunting" by Francesca Wade. Eleanor Wachtel had a fascinating interview with Ms. Wade on Writers & Company in April. Two of the five women writers the book deals with, Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L. Sayers, I was aware of. The others I had never heard of. I wondered if the American poet H.D. could really be such a literary force as the interview made out, but I consulted my copy of the Oxford Book of American Verse and it had a lot of her poems in it. The English economic historian Eileen Power died at the relatively young age of 51, so didn't leave a big body of work behind her. The OPL doesn't have any of her books, but readers who are interested in that sort of thing can find her "Medieval English Nunneries c.1275 to 1535" free online as a Project Guttenberg eBook. Jane Harrison was an English classical scholar and linguist, and none of her books are available from the OPL although some of them can be purchased online.