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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Ottawa Book Award 2020 Winners! McLachlin, Sylvain, Beisel, Ladouceur, Messier

Oct 22, 2020

Congratulations to our Ottawa writers!  In an online awards ceremony Covid-19 style, the Ottawa Book Award Winners were announced with the esteemed Beverley McLachlin, our first female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, winning best non-fiction for Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law.  Henry Beisel's collection of poetry Footprints of Dark Energy won for English-language fiction, Premier quart by Véronique Sylvain won in the French-language literary category  - also a winner of the Trillium in 2020.  Trésor by Mireille Messier won for French-language children's literature.  Poetry gets one last shout-out in this Ottawa cluster of literary awards with Ben Ladouceur's Mad Long Emotion winning the Archibald Lampman Award.

Celebrate their success - read their books!  Find them at the Library, or purchase your own copies for yourself or as gifts.  There's a long winter ahead!

Image: Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

My Journey Through Life and the Law
By McLachlin, Beverley
Image: Premier quart

Premier quart

By Sylvain, Véronique
Image: Trésor


By Messier, Mireille
Image: Mad Long Emotion

Mad Long Emotion

By Ladouceur, Ben