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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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott won the 2020 Evergreen Award

Oct 23, 2020

Alicia Elliott's A Mind Spread Out on the Ground wins the 2020 Evergreen, an award that is voted on by readers through libraries across Ontario.

As a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River, Elliott has received praise for her collection of essays that delves into her personal experiences of the enduring scars of colonial oppression.  The Kirkus Review said of the book: "Elliott writes with honesty and empathy of her life and the lives of family, constantly reckoning with institutional racism and less intentional private prejudices".  Here is Elliott's own description of her book: "A Mind Spread Out on the Ground"! In it, I analyse my own life - joy, shame & vulnerabilities - and situate them within the wider context of extractive capitalism & colonialism."

The Evergreen Award is run by the Forest of Reading Program from the Ontario Library Association, where readers of all ages participate in choosing their favourites.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground was shortlisted for the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. It was named one of  Best Books of 2019 by The Globe and Mail,  CBC, Chatelaine, Quill and Quire, and The Hill TimesThe Evergreen is more recognition of how Elliott's writing has resonated with readers.

The Library has it as an Express eBook, on downloadable audio, or in print.