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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Planning and Enjoying Your Garden

Vegetables, plant pots, seeds

Mar 15, 2021

As we continue to spend more time at home, we are valuing our gardens!

Perhaps your goal for your garden this year is to create your own green space where you can relax and enjoy the outdoors? Or are you wanting to ensure an at-home source of fresh food all summer and into the fall? Or are you looking for outdoor gardening activities to share with your children?  There is nothing more rewarding than being able to step outside your door to pick a handful of fresh herbs or a tomato to use in your dinner.  Even if you don’t have a yard, you can successfully grow plans in containers on a balcony or even a windowsill.  

Ottawa Public Library is partnering with the Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton to offer a series of online gardening programs throughout the spring – summer and into the fall for anyone interested in gardening and on a wide variety of topics.   The series runs on select Wednesdays, starting in late March with sessions about starting from seed.   A number of programs are offered in English and in French, so choose your language preference and take advantage of the knowledge and the enthusiasm of the local master gardeners.  Join us over your lunch hour!  

All of these events are free.  Registration is required.  Close to the date of the program, you will receive a Zoom link, and also details of how to attend by phone for those who prefer.  

Announcing additional programs in the gardening series over the summer!

Explore the booklists below and borrow books on gardening in the OPL collection!

Container Gardening - Dramatic, Changeable and Forever Moveable with Catherine Disley and Rob Stuart, Wednesday, June 9, 12 pm

Jardinage en contenants with Claire McCaughey, in French, Wednesday, June 16, 12 pm

Scented Gardens with Judith Cox, Wednesday, July 7, 12 pm

The Garden at Night with Judith Cox, Wednesday, July 14, 12 pm

Preserving the Harvest with Rebecca Last, Wednesday, August 11, 12 pm

Après la récolte with Odette McIntyre, in French, Wednesday, August 18, 12 pm

Harvesting Seed and Propagating Native Perennials for your Garden with Sheila Currie, Wednesday, September 15, 12 pm

Putting Your Garden to Bed with Nancy McDonald, Wednesday, September 22, 12 pm


Gardeningby Jill_Biblio

There are so many books on gardening, growing vegetables, and more in the Ottawa Public Library Collection. Below is a sampling of recent titles. Search the catalogue for more!

Jardinageby Jill_Biblio