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.   


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. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Guidelines for Author-Submitted Materials (Non-local)

The Ottawa Public Library welcomes submissions by authors outside of Ottawa for inclusion in the library’s collection, when that material:

  • Fits the scope of the Library’s collection, and
  • Meets our Materials Selection Criteria.

To donate a work for inclusion in the Ottawa Public Library’s collection, please read the guidelines below.

  • Eligible books are those published in the last 2 years.
  • To be added to the library your book will meet the Material Selection Criteria.
  • Books not accepted will be sent to the Friends of the OPL Association (FOPLA) for resale.
  • Only bound books are accepted (no spiral or manuscript form).
  • Please include reviews if available.
  • We receive a large volume of queries and submissions and ask for your patience. Accepted titles will be listed in our catalogue within 4 months.
  • We monitor our collection closely; should there be demand for additional copies of your book, we will purchase them through our regular vendors.

We obtain eBooks through third party vendors.

Smashwords is an eBook publisher that makes your eBook available on the OverDrive platform, and available for us to select.

If your book is available on Smashwords, please indicate that on the Non-local Author application that must be completed and sent with all local author inclusion requests.


Material may be mailed directly to Content Services at the following address:

Ottawa Public Library

Content Services

100 Tallwood Dr.

Ottawa, Ontario

K2G 4R7

Att.: Collection Development