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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Forget-me-Not : Ressources and Programs on Dementia

May 29, 2020

A consistent and familiar routine is extremely important for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Care partners also rely on support from community care visits, day programs, and regularly scheduled activities. It’s like a house of cards because any change in what’s expected can be very challenging for everyone. 

Enter Covid-19; a worldwide pandemic, and the delicate structure becomes shaky, at best.

The branches of the Ottawa Public Library are dementia-friendly public spaces where many of our staff have training in identifying and supporting our customers who struggle with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

During Seniors Month, we’re extending that warm welcome online to offer a virtual Memory Café program. These social gatherings will be casual and informal, including games and reminiscing that might spark memories and conversations, and a light-hearted story will be read aloud. Registration includes 3 weekly sessions. The registration is for both the person with dementia and their care partner together.

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Frank Knoefel based on his research with the Bruyère Memory Clinic and the use of technology to facilitate aging in place.

Visit the following links for more information from the Ottawa Public Library, the Dementia Society and the Alzheimer’s Society. 


  • Watch streaming videos from the lists linked here on the subject of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, available online through the Ottawa Public Library website.


Please reach out to the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew, if you need more support during the pandemic or at any time.

This blog post was contributed by Tracy Facchin, Stittsville Branch and Program Development.