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.   


Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


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

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. 

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Pandemic Particulars

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Experiencing pandemic information overload?  How do you stay informed in this ever-changing COVID-19 landscape? The Ottawa Public Library helps you find answers to your pandemic related questions by providing reliable resources that will help you navigate the new normal. 

Ottawa Public Health: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Are we flattening the curve? How many people can I gather with? The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 website provides up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa. Stay informed of the number of current cases, changes in bylaws, and special statements from officials that can help you make informed decisions everyday. They also provide multilingual resources for COVID-19.

Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19 Assessment Centre and Care Clinics

Are you confused about COVID-19 symptoms and whether you should get tested? The Ottawa Public Health website provides comprehensive information about symptoms and testing guidelines. The location and hours of the Assessment and Care Clinics are provided.

City of Ottawa: Family and Social Services

The City of Ottawa has compiled a list of city and community resources that can help with difficulties you are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is information on child care, housing, and seniors' support services; financial assistance; and other resources for people in need.

Government of Ontario: COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

Learn about Ontario’s vaccination program to help protect us against COVID-19. Find information about booking a vaccination, the 3 phased vaccine distribution implementation plan, vaccine safety, and what you can do now.  

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario has developed Public Resource Fact Sheets to help you stay safe and healthy. You can access information on how to protect yourself and others, how to care for your pets, how to self-isolate, and more!

Telehealth Ontario

Telehealth Ontario is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A self-assessment tool for COVID-19 helps you to determine if you need to seek further care.

Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government of Canada website provides extensive information on the current situation in Canada. Information is provided on travel restrictions, financial assistance, your health and safety, and more. You can download the COVID-19 app to receive the latest updates and access trusted resources.

Ottawa Public Health: Resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Community Members

This webpage highlights COVID-19 resources for First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members. Some are translations of resources developed by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). Others come from the websites of local, provincial and national Indigenous organizations. Several are available in various Indigenous languages. These resources add to information on the OPH COVID-19 website. 

Government of Canada: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Indigenous communities

The Government of Canada supports First Nations and Inuit communities in preparing for, monitoring and responding to COVID-19. Awareness resources have been created for Indigenous communities in Indigenous languages by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, and various Indigenous organizations.

Government of Canada: COVID-19 travel restrictions, exemptions and advice

As deconfinement continues, the Government of Canada is here for you with the latest travel information. You will find updates on the emergency order under the Quarantine Act and travel restrictions including the Canada- U.S. border restrictions.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic - your questions answered! The WHO has compiled information from experts around the world to provide clarity in this confusing time. Can the virus be spread by a mosquito? The Mythbusterssection has the answer!