Website Maintenance: Saturday, July 31


We will be performing maintenance to our systems. Access to your OPL account and search functions will be unavailable from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Saturday, July 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Colonel By Day: August 2


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on our website. 

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 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.

You are here

CBC's All in a Day Book Panel

all in a day banner

On Monday, February 1st, CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, recommended some recent favourites. You can find their picks at OPL on the lists below, and listen to their discussion at the following link


CBC All in a Day Book Panel - February 2021by Collection_Development

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.


Males Invading Female Sports over the Last 100 Years

One of the short stories in “We Two Alone” sounded very timely: “A young laundry boy risks his life, pretending to be a girl to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s.” Now President Biden has taken a blowtorch to girls’ sports in the US, allowing any boy who claims he feels like a girl to play on girls’ teams. This can’t end well. But I didn’t expect the Book Panel to make the connection. All of the books that dealt with people rather than black holes sounded a tad on the depressing side. A book published in 2019 that is anything but depressing, quite inspiring really, is “Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone”, the third and final volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography. Moore argues that Thatcher’s educational reforms in her third term were as significant as her move to let British people buy their council flats in her first term. Among other things, she established a new set of City Technology Colleges. One of these became the highly successful BRIT School for the Performing Arts in Croydon, whose students included Amy Winehouse and Adele. Why doesn’t the Book Panel review Moore’s book next month?