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.

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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Sep 08, 2021

On Tuesday, September 7, 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 list below, and listen to their discussion at the following link All in a Day Book Panel September 2021

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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.


This is the first and only

This is the first and only book panel since the federal election was declared. One might have expected something like the purdah that civil servants observe once the writ is dropped, with politically controversial subjects being avoided and politically controversial opinions not being stated. Instead, Sean Archer seems to have deliberately stirred things up, jumping on Justin Trudeau’s campaign to defame Conservative leaders of the past when he mentions John A. Macdonald and only him as an architect of the residential school system. In fact, Macdonald was never responsible for setting up the residential schools, which preceded his entry into politics. He also never made them compulsory. That was left to William Lyon Mackenzie King, our longest serving Liberal Prime Minister. I no longer expect anything like a fair and balanced treatment of political issues from the book panel, where Ann and Sean compete to see who is the more woke. But I did think they would give it a rest at least for this month. Even that, it seems, was asking for too much.