Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

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Guidelines for local author fiction and poetry books

To submit a work of Fiction or Poetry for inclusion in the Ottawa Public Library’s collection, please read the guidelines below and attach a completed application with your book. 

  • A “local author” is a City of Ottawa resident.
  • Eligible books are those published in the last 2 years.
  • Books are donations to the Ottawa Public Library branch of your choice, as specified in your application, up to a maximum of 4 different titles/year.
  • Only bound books are accepted (no spiral or manuscript form).      
  • We receive a large volume of queries and submissions and ask for your patience.
  • Your book will appear in the OPL catalogue within 2-6 weeks.
  • Books not accepted will be sent to the Friends of the OPL Association (FOPLA) for resale.
  • We monitor our collection closely; should there be demand we will place an order for more copies of your book.


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 Local Author application that must be completed and sent with all local author inclusion requests.

Submission application form (PDF)


Book Programming at the Ottawa Public Library

For information, please see program proposals.

Once your book is in the catalogue, your branch of choice will be notified.