Regular hours resume on September 7 2021


Ottawa Public Library will return to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService as of Sunday, September 12.  

Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

Fitzroy Harbour and Vernon branches are reopening after being closed since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.  

Notice - Carlingwood branch


The elevator at the Carlingwood branch is currently unavailable.

Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre kiosk out of service


The kiosk machine dispensing adult books at the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre is currently unavailable.

Rideau branch-Elevator out of service


The elevator at Rideau is currently out of service for maintenance and repairs. Service will be restored on Monday, September 27th.

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Freedom to Read 2015!

Illustration: Hand holding book / Main tenant un livre

Feb 22, 2015

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right of all Canadians, and freedom to read is part of that precious heritage.

Freedom to Read Week is an initiative put in place by the Book and Periodical Council (BPC) that annually celebrates intellectual freedom and encourages people of all ages to get involved and tackle the issues that relate to intellectual freedom and censorship within their communities. This year, it takes place between February 22-28.

OPL is celebrating Freedom to Read Week with displays in our branches, and with collections of specially selected books and resources on intellectual freedom, free expression advocates and champions and banned books around the world. Come in and check out a book deemed ' controversial, 'challenged' or 'censored'. We dare you!

We are also participating to Freedom to Read Week on social media. Use the hashtag #FTRWeek on Twitter and join the discussion!


Liberté d'Expression/Livres censurésby Elle_biblio

Une liste de livres censurés dans un cas ou d'un autre...

Banned Books-Adultsby Elle_biblio

A list of banned books from various outlets and lists.