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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Talking with children about Covid-19 and its impact

Child thinking of Coronavirus

May 05, 2020


These are challenging times and children need a calm, reassuring presence. They also need accurate, age appropriate information in bite sized amounts. This is where beloved illustrator, Axel Scheffler comes in.

Axel Scheffler is best known for his collaborative work with children’s author,  Julia Donaldson .  His works include, Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and much more. He is also the author/illustrator of the Pip and Posy series of books for children.

In collaboration with a team of medical professionals from Britain’s National Health Service, Axel Scheffler and publisher Noisy Crow are making available a FREE downloadable picture e-book for how to best explain what the virus is and how children can protect themselves. You can access your copy here .

If you and your family are looking for other eBooks that deal with positive, loving, supportive stories of hope and resilience you might enjoy these: Tools for Your Wellness Toolbox to share with your favorite reading buddy.