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.

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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Imaginative Watercolours for Seniors Parts 1 and 2

art supplies

Learn the basics while discovering fun and unexpected ways of painting with watercolours!  Join art instructor Maya Hum and learn how to let loose and let your painting show your imagination!  Learn about both classic and expressive painting topics.  In Part 1, you will learn the basics of watercolour painting and different ways to create wonderful effects with it. We will end the lesson with imaginative abstract to non abstract works!  In Part 2, we will continue exploring imaginative watercolours.  This lesson connects with the practice of Zen-tangle art. Follow step-by-step as the instructor guides you through this mindful lesson on how to imagine and illustrate a nature scene using paints and ink pen.   All levels welcome!

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.

In addition to the supplies in the kit, Maya suggests optional materials you can gather from home. These are not mandatory. salt, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, plastic wrap, wax crayon, candle or pastel (we will explain in class how to use these); and for Part 2, a hair dryer or fan.

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