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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International Booker Winner - The Discomfort of Evening

Aug 31, 2020

A Dutch novel, The Discomfort of Evening has won the prestigious International Booker Prize in 2020.   A debut that became a bestseller in the Netherlands, it was written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michelle Hutchison.  The story follows a religious Dutch family who are grieving the loss of their eldest son from a skating accident, all from the perspective of Jas the ten year old daughter. Dark and disturbing, it has impressed the critics with the style and impact of Rijneveld's storytelling.  Animal abuse and other graphic descriptions may not be for everyone, but the judges found it a "tender and visceral evocation of a childhood caught between shame and salvation, and a deeply deserving winner.”

For more acclaimed international reading choices, check out the other titles from this year's International Booker Prize shortlist.

Image: Discomfort of Evening : A Novel

Discomfort of Evening : A Novel

By Rijneveld, Marieke Lucas
Image: Adventures of China Iron

Adventures of China Iron

By Cabezon Camara, Gabriela
Image: Tyll


A Novel
By Kehlmann, Daniel
Image: Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

By Melchor, Fernanda
Image: La saison des ouragans

La saison des ouragans

By Melchor, Fernanda