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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Expand on your Crow Winter reading experience

Jun 19, 2020

Many Ottawa residents are reading Crow Winter this month, as OPL offers unlimited access to the ebook to all cardholders. If you haven't already checked it out, click here to get started

Take the reading experience further!

  • Join us online on June 24 at 7 pm for a conversation with the young writer Karen McBride, author of Crow Winter. Either register to receive the Zoom link or connect on Facebook Live

  • Try author Karen McBride's go-to reads.  These are titles she finds herself going back to them over and over again and they have been important to her development as an author.  All these books are in the Ottawa Public Library collection.  Click on the links in the list below to read an ebook or audiobook , or to place a print book in your For later list, ready for when it is possible to place holds on print titles again.  

  • Host a book conversation, starting with our thought-provoking Crow Winter discussion questions 

Karen is Algonquin Anishinaabe from the Timiskaming First Nation. Her first book, Crow Winter, is a novel about a young woman able to cross between the material and spiritual worlds that explores the importance of grief and loss, friendship and healing, and the role of community, culture, and history in a contemporary First Nation community. The young woman, named Hazel Ellis, is grieving the loss of her father and has returned to the Rez to reconnect with her family and her community. In the midst of all of that, it turns out that a somewhat predatory developer wants to take over a quarry on land that her family had. Into the mix comes an old crow who is the embodiment of the trickster Nanabush. He just wants to help, it turns out.

Author Karen McBride's Go To Booksby ProgramDevelopment

Algonquin Anishinaabe author Karen McBride has shared the books she finds herself going to again and again. They represent how Karen McBride finds the magic in her reality. They are all available through Ottawa Public Library and in print, ebook and audiobook formats. Enjoy reading these books!