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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Early Literacy Stations

Early Literacy Stations are available at these branches:

  • Alta Vista
  • Beaverbrook
  • Carp
  • Cumberland
  • Elmvale Acres
  • Greely
  • Greenboro
  • Hazeldean
  • Main
  • Manotick
  • Orléans
  • Osgoode
  • Rosemount
  • Ruth E. Dickinson
  • Stittsville

What is an Early Literacy Station?

The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is a computer that is loaded with educational games for kids. The ELS:

  • Supports learning through a non-traditional format
  • Helps bridges education with technology
  • Inspires learning and imagination
  • Is suitable for children ages 2-8
  • Has an interactive and dynamic interface; actions are made by touchscreen, mouse and keyboard
  • Has bright and engaging graphics and intuitive menus
  • Is safe and secure as it requires no Internet connection
  • Has over 50 software programs installed spanning these subject areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, art and music, and reference
  • Has bilingual games and some available only in English or French
  • Requires near-zero technical support

Using an Early Literacy Station:

  • Proceed to the station and start using it
  • Customers do not need to have a Library card

Can other apps be downloaded?

No. Software versions and selections are updated annually by the supplier.