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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Evaristo and Carty-Williams: First Black Authors to Win Top British Book Awards

Jul 06, 2020

Bernardine Evaristo and Candice Carty-Williams have won top prizes at the British Book awards for Author of the Year, and Book of the Year respectively.  Carty Williams' novel Queenie is the first by a black author to win Book of the Year - of which she says "I shouldn't and won't be the last".  Evaristo, who also shared the 2019 Booker for her book Girl, Woman, Other with Margaret Atwood (The Testatments) has the honour to be Author of the Year - again the first black writer to win this category.  Evaristo comments "I've been writing for a very long time, and it's incredibly gratifying to know that my work is finally reaching a wider readership".

A shake-up in publishing is another result of the tragic death of George Floyd as the industry awakens to inequality in its ranks.  Let it be a permanent change.


Black Women Authors Winby CD_Librarian

Whether actual awards, or critical acclaim, these authors and their books are winners