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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Where to Start with Indigenous Picture Books



Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the number of, Indigenous people making children's books. While the numbers of books published about and by Indigenous people are still low, there are some real gems to discover. Reading children's stories produced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, is a perfect way to start teaching children about the history and cultures of Canada. It’s important for Indigenous children to see themselves and their culture in books. It is also vital for non-indigenous children to understand the diverse cultures that are present in Canada. Please check out the wonderful First Nation, Metis and Inuit books that the Ottawa Public Library offers.