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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Indigenous Author Spotlight: Bernard Assiniwi

Image shows the author and some of his books

Aug 27, 2021

Bernard Assiniwi, born in Montréal in 1935, is of Cree origin.  Researcher, curator, filmmaker; no work project was able to stop him.

His first published work, Anish-Nah-Bé: contes adultes du pays algonkin, presents the importance of Indigenous tales and legends to the non-indigenous world. Like his career, his writing style was also diversified, ranging from non-fiction with L’Odawa Pontiac : l’amour et la guerre, novels with The Beothuk Saga, to information guides like Lexique des noms indiens du Canada : les noms géographiques and to children’s literature like Nionatta.

Even though he died in 2000, he is still one of the most prolific writers of Indigenous literature in Quebec.

Fun fact: Did you know that Amherst St in Gatineau was almost renamed Bernard-Assiniwi St in his honor?

Image: The Beothuk Saga

The Beothuk Saga

A Novel
By Assiniwi, Bernard
Image: A l'indienne

A l'indienne

By Assiniwi, Bernard