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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A bit of history

The library was founded in 1906 with a donation from the Carnegie Foundation. The history of OPL between 1906-2001 is available in The Library Book by Phil Jenkins.


On January 1, 2001, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton was amalgamated as the City of Ottawa. The 25 branches within these outlying Library systems merged with OPL’s eight branches to become one united Ottawa Public Library.

  • Cumberland Township Library
  • Gloucester Public Library
  • Goulbourn Township Library
  • Kanata Public Library
  • Nepean Library
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • Rideau Township Library
  • Rockcliffe Park Public Library
  • Vanier Public Library
  • West Carleton Township Library

Who’s been at the helm

  • 2012 - present: Danielle McDonald, CEO
  • 2012 (acting, January to March): Elaine Condos, City Librarian
  • 1995 - 2011: Barbara Clubb, City Librarian
  • 1979 - 1995: Gilles Frappier, Chief Librarian
  • 1953 - 1979: Claude Aubry, Chief Librarian
  • 1936 - 1953: Frederick Jennings, Chief Librarian
  • 1912 - 1936: William Sykes, City Librarian
  • 1905 - 1912: Lawrence Burpee, Chief Librarian

OPL logos


OPL logo 2001-present


OPL logo 2006


OPL logo 1971-2000