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.   


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. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Challenge Accepted! Your OPL Digital Book Club Picks for January

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Dec 31, 2020

Now that 2020 is technically behind us it’s time to personally take stock of the year that was.  Did you learn guitar? Remodel your bathroom? Perfect your second language? Us neither.  For many, circumstances were precarious, and anxieties were running high -- taking on a new project was definitely not an option.  But what about now?  With a new vaccine coming our way sometime this year, perhaps now is the time to take on a new challenge. OPL suggests a 2021 reading challenge… read that book you’ve always been meaning to read.  We’ll have many of them in “Always Available” digital formats that are ready when you are.

This January why not listen to what is arguably the most famous classic of them all, Crime and Punishmentby Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  First published in 1866, this legendary work continues to enthrall readers around the world and earn Dostoevsky legions of fans with every printing.  It’s the story of a young Russian intellectual's decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker and his subsequent intellectual and spiritual crisis. So much to discuss in this ambitious book club pick.

If you’d prefer a challenging eBook Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray would be an especially  juicy book club pick.  In what is described as one of the best Victorian novels ever, Thackeray tells the story of the impoverished Becky Sharp as she ruthlessly climbs the class ladder along with her sentimental companion Amelia who’s doomed to long for a caddish soldier.  Try this gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure.

For the month of January French selections, we recommend Le Royaume by Emmanuel Carrère. This novel follows in the path of Paul and Luke in a fascinating chapter of history. Le Royaume was not only awarded several literary prizes, it will fill your time at 630 pages long!

Have you thought about reading Guerre et paix (War and Peace) by Leo Tolstoy, but haven’t found the time? Perhaps this January lockdown is the perfect moment to listen to the unabridged version, which is over 50 hours long! This classic will transport you to the historical Russia of yesteryear.


Of course, in addition to these titles, your book club might like to join the uniquely bilingual cross-Canada book club One eRead Un Livrel Canada this January and read Vi by Kim Thúy! Available in French and English, in eBook and eAudio with special author events on January 19 and 20.

Suggestions and Resources for a successful online Book Club  

In order to have your Book Club take place online you can try creating Facebook groups, or using various social media channels to discuss books.  Or you could try meeting live via online video conferencing tools. The following tools are free: 

  • Google Hangouts provides free video/chat/voice conferencing and does not have a time limit 
  • Jitsi is a free open source video conferencing tool 
  • In French, there is a platform built by Les librairesthat allows book clubs to meet online! You can request to create your own club, or there are groups that are already running that you can join. All book clubs, including the current book club picks and comments, are visible to anyone accessing the site

Finding eBooks and eAudiobooks for your Book Club 

Contact OPLs InfoService 613-580-2940 if you need help accessing these titles and resources 

Hosting and Discussions 

If you would like discussion questions for your book, here is a list of 40 Great Book Club Discussion Questions from Book Riot.  They work for any book. 

Here are some great tips about how to host an online book club from Bustle Magazine: 10 Tips For Hosting A Digital Book Club 


Enjoy your Book Club – online or off!