Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 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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The Ottawa Public Library is an important centre of information, education and entertainment, as well as an essential means of promoting the importance of reading and literacy. 

OPL’s success at connecting people with information and ideas helps us grow. We are now one of the world’s largest urban public library systems – and the largest bilingual library (French-English) in North America.

  • We offer diverse services and programs.
  • We help connect people to each other and the world. 
  • We are a place of possibility – to customers and employees. 
  • We value a dynamic workforce.
  • We promote a stimulating work environment.
  • We recognize and reward staff creativity in serving our community through a variety of rewards programs. 
  • We need energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a strong sense of service excellence to help us make a difference.

If you want to make a difference in a public library setting, consider a career with OPL. When we have opportunities for external recruitment, details are available through the City of Ottawa’s recruitment website at  Ottawa.ca.