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.

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.

Holiday Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, September 30. Access our online services 24/7 on the Ottawa Public Library website.

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How do you challenge your reading?

Mar 16, 2020

Do you set reading goals for yourself? Every year since 2014, I’ve set a myself a goal of reading a certain number of titles. What I read can be anything and it usually ends up being a mix of comic books and fiction for all ages.  

This year my goal is to read 70 books, but I’ve been really motivated to read this year, so I’ve already read 29 books. I’m quickly working my way through books 30 and 31. Like most years, I suspect that I’ll surpass my reading challenge, which got me wondering: am I really challenging myself? 

For the last few years, it feels like I've been reading all fantasy all the time. I love being transported to a different world (especially these days), joining a hero on an epic quest, learning about different magic systems, and encountering magical creatures. Every once in a while, I’ll pick up a science fiction title or a contemporary teen novel, but I hardly ever read literary fiction, mysteries, or romance.  

Should I be challenging myself to read outside of my comfort zone? Should a read one book from a different genre every month or even dedicate an entire month to only reading within a certain genre? Either option would certainly help me to have better reader’s advisory conversations with you at the library, but I worry that I wouldn’t enjoy my reading time as much.  

Do you challenge your reading? If so, how do you challenge yourself? I’m looking for your great ideas and challenges so that I can become a better reader.