Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Alta Vista branch: Return to regular hours and service


Alta Vista branch has returned to regular service and hours on October 22, 2021.

Carp Branch


Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

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Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

May 03, 2021

Six books were shortlisted this week for the Women’s Prize for fiction. Female authors from different nationalities bring to life six stunning stories about simple people that usually go unnoticed, no matter how hard they struggle. Each of the six books is special in its way, but emotions like love, sadness and isolation are commonly present in all of them.

  • Caribbean writer, Cherie Jones’s How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is a tale of a woman who lives with violence, abuse and poverty. The story of a crime that happens in Baxter Beach, Barbados highlights the economic and social inequality between the locals’ life and the life of the wealthy people who colonized the space. It’s dark, full of sad and brutal events, and it’s brilliantly written.
  •  English writer Susanna Clarke with her unusual book Piranesi, transports the reader to a world of peaceful beauty and kindness far from the crowd with a candid, yet deep analysis of the world made by the protagonist. If you like originality and metaphors, you will easily love this book and find yourself trying to resolve its impenetrable puzzle. 
  • Ghanaian American writer Yaa Gyasi with her book Transcendent Kingdom, brings us a stirring realistic fiction story, with dialog between religion and science. A young female scientist tries to find a balance in her life between her ambition and her beliefs while dealing with all the grief from her brother’s loss and her mother’s depression. The flow of events and emotions in this book is so real that it feels like a memoir.
  • American writer Brit Bennett with her captivating book The Vanishing Half, is my favorite. The Vanishing Half Is the story of twin sisters that are separated at the age of sixteen and how they pursue completely different lives. The twins cross path many years later revealing how, with the same start in life but different choices, they can have such different destinies.  Bennett tackles matters of poverty, violence and family relations in a very expressive way.
  • English Writer Claire Fuller, in her fiction Unsettled Ground chose an isolated rural countryside for her story.    Full of detailed descriptions, the story of the twins Jeanie and Julius reminded me of the 19th century English classics’ style, even though the story is clearly set in the 21 century. Fuller paints with high precision how a simple peaceful life full of love turns easily to homelessness and hardship. In a seasoned way, a series of unexpected events slowly unravels, making this book even more captivating.
  • And last but not least, Patricia Lockwood is nominated with her very current novel No One is Talking About this. Through the life of a young woman, Lockwood describes how social media becomes dominant in our lives with themes that are frequently debated like climate change, women’s rights, and a tyrannical president, bringing a special humor that is sometimes sarcastic. Then, in the second part of the book, when the protagonist must face some tragic events, Lockwood, contrasts a highly online life with real life, well describing  how deep sorrow can be and how ephemeral  virtual life is, leading us to rethink our priorities in life.

Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlistby kari_OPL

Women's Prize fiction short list