Monday, August 2 - Colonel By Day


All Ottawa Public Library branches will be closed on Monday, August 2. Virtual services and loans can be accessed on the Ottawa Public Library website

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches


Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

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Poetry Month: Poems are Resilience


April is National Poetry Month (NPM), led by the League of Canadian Poets, this year’s theme is Resilience:  we celebrate, reflect on, and respect the resilience that has made us who we are. The celebration of poetry each April has grown and established itself organically, in both official and unofficial ways since National Poetry Month was first declared in Canada in 1998, following the lead of the United States from 1996. National Poetry Writing Month encourages writing or reading a poem a day in celebration.        The earliest form of poetry is believed to have been recited, chanted or sung, as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy, and law. In other words, poetry was initially a verbal art.  It also shows us the beauty and potential of language in written form too. Poetry has demonstrated resilience itself by surviving and adapting throughout several generations.  

Join us in appreciating poetry, reading poetry, listening to poetry, writing poetry, and sharing poetry of courageous educators and poets, who have displayed resilience through their work, for three evening events that you won’t want to miss. Also, on April 29 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others!       Poetry is for every age. Explore the lists of recommended poetry in the OPL collection and register for the upcoming poetry events!  


Poetry for Teensby Collection_Development

Le Mois de la poésieby OPL_BPO_Zoe

A Poem in Your Pocketby Collection_Development

April is Poetry Month. Celebrate with a rhyme or two.

Great Poetry for Adultsby Collection_Development

A selection of recent Canadian and international poetry.