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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Pretty Plant Pots

three plants in pots

May 24, 2020


The sun is shining and the gardens are growing. Why not bring a little bit of that beauty inside with a pretty plant pot? You can plant grass seed, a flower, a succulent, whatever you like, to brighten any room!



  • Craft paint
  • Mini terra cotta flower pots
  • Decorations: Washi tape, paint, buttons, googly eyes, markers
  • Small plant or seeds



  • Paint your pot whatever colour you like and let dry. Acrylic paint works well.
  • Decorate your pot with washi tape, paint, buttons, googly eyes, markers, whatever you like. For my pots, I just used my fingers to make dots, butterflies and flowers.
  • Carefully remove a plant and its roots and transplant them it into your painted pot. Add more soil if necessary.


Here are some fun new garden reads!

Grandma’s Garden

One Little Lot

What Grew in Larry’s Garden

Yasmin the Gardener


Want to listen to some music while you garden?

How about: Growing Veggie Soup?


Or how about seeing how your favourite animated friends are doing with their gradens in these movies?

Lawn to Lawn

Franklin and Friends


Blog post contributed by Lise from our Main branch.