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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You Must be Joking?

Dog wearing glasses

May 04, 2020


“Laughter is the best medicine” - Multiple sources


Sick of all the Covid news? Are you struggling to find some humour? Here are a few suggestions to brighten your day and work out your abs. Giggles guaranteed!

Start by warming up with a National Film Board animated cartoon. Too many choices? Try this Oscar-nominated classic, which garnered over 15 awards: The Cat Came Back

Keep going with a few “Just for Laughs” gags, and marvel at our collective gullibility. If you are lucky, you might recognize a participant, as most of the segments were shot in Montreal. These side-splitting shorts are available on Facebook and Youtube.

Then top it all off with a few hilarious stand-up comedians from our Hoopla collection. You can choose between two formats of full-length shows: Video  and  Audio.

After all the laughing, if you are ready to share the joy, develop your joke repertoire and revel in your audience’s inevitable eye-rolling and sighs, with The Best “A Man Walks into a Bar” jokes or the Reader’s Digest joke collection.

Not quite done getting your funny bone tickled?

  • Cuddle up with a funny book from our eCollection
  • Learn how to speak like a pirate with our online language learning resource Mango
  • Rediscover classic comedies on Kanopy
  • Or listen to iHeart Comedy radio

Just keep in mind... laughter is contagious!

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Blog post contributed by Marie Anick from our St Laurent branch.