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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Indigenous Author Spotlight: Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeau

Image shows the author and some of her books

Mar 12, 2021

Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeau is Cree and Métis. Novelist, poet and worldwide recognized artist, Virginia was born in 1951 at Rapides-des-Cèdres (Quebec). With over 40 years of career, there is no doubt that she influenced Indigenous art and literature. In 2019, the Salon du livre des Premières Nations gave her a special literary tribute with a show called Waaskimaastiwaawin (meaning Bright Light)

As a poet and novelist, she talks about love, war, identity and mourning. Practicing her writing skills since the age of twelve years old, she started publishing in different magazines in 1983 and never stopped. Her first novel, Blue Bear Woman, was published in 2007. Her second novel, L’amant du lac, was published in 2013 and made her the first indigenous women to write erotic fiction in French. Her last poem anthology Poésie en marche pour Sindy was published in 2018 where she talked about missing and murdered Indigenous women. I encourage you to not only read her novels, but also look to her marvelous paintings.

Image: Blue Bear Woman

Blue Bear Woman

By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
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Ourse bleue -- Piciskanâw mask iskwew

rétrospective 40 ans de pratique artistique
By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
Image: Celle-Qui-Va


By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
Image: Winter Child

Winter Child

By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
Image: L'amant du lac

L'amant du lac

By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
Image: Ourse bleue

Ourse bleue

By Pésémapéo Bordeleau, Virginia
Image: L'amant Du Lac

L'amant Du Lac

By Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau
Image: Ourse Bleue

Ourse Bleue

By Bordeleau, Virginia Pésémapéo