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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Milkman by Anna Burns Wins Dublin Literary Award 2020

Oct 28, 2020

Anna Burns has scored her second big literary prize for Milkman, after also winning the 2018 Man Booker Prize 2 years ago.  The Dublin Literary Award receives nominations from public libraries around the world, including the Ottawa Public Library.  Our nominee was Washington Black that made it to this year's shortlist. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland to win, and only the fourth woman in its 25 year history.  She said on winning: "This is an extraordinary honour—especially given the fantastic list I find myself on."   In addition to Esi Edugyan's novel, several other well known titles were part of that fantastic short list and included The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, There, There by Tommy Orange, and Olga Tokarczuk - winner of the 2019 Nobel - for Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, just to name a few.  

"Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day."