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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La Bibliothèque des Amériques

Woman reading E Book

Apr 23, 2020


La Bibliothèque des Amériques (BA) is a unique library. It was created by le Centre de la francophonie des Amériques (CFA) and sponsored by Dany Lafferière. It gives free access to thousands of French books by Franco American authors (authors from Quebec, Ontario, Haiti, French West Indies, Louisiana and New England) in ePub or PDF format.  It includes fiction and historical books, biographies, well being and personal growth books, essays, cookbooks, travel accounts, poetry books, children fiction, educational books, university publications, etc.  La Bibliothèque des Amériques also includes a selection of audio books, the library has a partnership with Radio-Canada, who produces audio books.


To access it, you need to become a member of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, it’s free! Then visit the BA website and browse their collection. You can borrow no more than four books at a time, the loan is for three weeks, if the book is borrowed you can reserve it and there is no annual borrowing limit.  There is online guide that demonstrates how to start borrowing BA books.


Blog post contributed by Alfonsina from our Cumberland branch.