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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Sketching Nature Part 1 and Part 2

art supplies

Do you like drawing?  Join local independent artist and instructor Maya Hum in this two-part workshop. Explore a way to relax by sketching your natural surroundings. No experience necessary!  Discover tips and tricks by artists to sketch nature with ease! We will learn the basics of drawing and how to create captivating compositions in this class.  

Register to attend and to receive the Zoom link.  Kits with supplies and instructions will be available for pickup at four branches locations a week before Part 1.  Arrangements for pickup will be made by email.  

In Part 1 we will talk about Tips and tricks for developing a daily sketching practice.  In this lesson we will cover easy and quick ways to sketch from nature on a regular basis. We will cover trees, animals and composition!

In Part 2 we will take a closer look at nature’s landscape! Dive deeper into the details in this lesson: textures, layout, and landscapes will be covered today. As well as how to use charcoal as a drawing medium.

If you have questions, email us at wellnessfridays.vendredissante@biblioottawalibrary.ca or phone InfoService 613-580-2940.

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.


Maya Hum is an artist and arts instructor whose work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions throughout Canada and Europe; her work can also be found on several public murals throughout the city of Ottawa. Maya is inspired to create art and art lessons about conserving the well-being of others, yourself, and the environment.