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.  

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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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Meet the Bard with a Company of Fools

Teen Staycation

Interested in learning more about theatre? Whether you just want to get your feet wet or are thinking about going to theatre school, these workshops have something for everyone!

In this third installment in our workshop series, you will get a crash course in Shakespeare and classical text. Through games designed to make Shakespeare’s language come off the page, participants will learn to tackle Shakespeare without fear. We will explore the basics of iambic pentameter and how to make sense of a 400-year language. For Bard lovers or newbies - all are welcome!

Each session will conclude with a brief interview/Q&A with an actor who you may recognize from Ottawa’s professional stages!

For ages 13-18. Registrants will receive an additional email with the Zoom link ahead of the program.

About your Instructor - Nicholas Leno

Nicholas is the Artistic Director of a Company of Fools, an Ottawa theatre company known for its Shakespeare in the Park tour that travels to 40 communities across Eastern Ontario. His debut Fools production of Romeo + Juliet received critical acclaim for its carnival-esque take on Shakespeare’s most known tragedy. Nicholas holds a BA from Brock University and a MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Ottawa. In 2021 he was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s Pauline McGibbon award as an emerging theatre director.