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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Art Journaling Part 1 and Part 2

art supplies

Have you heard of art journaling?  Perhaps you've tried scrapbooking?  Art journaling is a bit like scrapbooking, but maybe the biggest difference is in your intention about what each will become.  When you're done with a scrapbook, you want it to be a finished product, a collection.  Art journal pages are more fluid, for exploring, going back into pages, meandering, and making changes.  Join art instructor Maya Hum in a two-part class to learn about and try your hand at art journaling.  We'll talk about:  What is art journaling? How do I start? What are some ideas? What materials should I use?  The classes will include warm-up journal prompts and examples of entries.  

In Part 1 we will answer these questions and start our first journal pages!  In Part 2, we'll explore the "visual recipe" journal entry: Can a recipe be about things other than food? Of course! You can have a recipe for happiness, for laughter, for art, for making memories, for anything really! 

Register to attend and to receive the Zoom link. Kits with supplies and instructions will be provided.  Arrangements for pickup of kits will be made by email a week before Part 1.

If you have questions, email us at or phone InfoService 613-580-2940.

Aging Well Together at the Library Wellness Fridays programs are offered in partnership with City of Ottawa, and are funded by the City of Ottawa Older Adult Plan.