OPL updates for the month of December 2020

In-branch services

Recently opened branches include:• Rosemount (revitalized branch)- Thursday, December 3 (first floor only)

Upcoming branch openings will include:• Rideau branch- Monday, January 11, 2021• Rockcliffe Park branch- Monday, January 11, 2021 (it had been previously announced as being Monday, January 18, 2021)• Orléans branch- in January 2021

Closed branches:• The opening dates for the following branches remain to be determined: Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, Munster, Osgoode, and Vernon.

For information about current branch services is available at the Ottawa Public Library: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/current-branch-services

Current Branch Services | Ottawa Public Library

Current In-Person Services 18/11/2020 OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time. Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter.


The Awesome Authors Youth Writing contest is on!

Children and teens aged between 9 and 18 years can showcase their literary talent and creativity by participating in this contest. They might win a chance to win cash prizes and have their work published in the Pot-pourri anthology. French and English writing categories include: poetry, short story, and comic. The contest closes on February 26, 2021 and participants can find complete contest rules on the contest page website or library branches that are open.

Free workshops accompany the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest. Participants can find out more about these on the library website; spaces are limited, so it’s best to reserve your spot early.

Check out what other awesome programs are happening at the OPL on our Programs and events page

Reading Advisory

Looking for your next great read or something to watch?

Check out our Grab & Go book bundles/Sélections de lecture. These are made up of two or three library items such as books, music CDs, DVDs, etc. that cover a theme, idea or concept and are gathered and bundled together for your convenience and enjoyment.f

Families with young children will also enjoy taking homeFrench and English Story Time Kits/Heure du conte à emporter that include thematic reading materials, song lyrics and activities.

Winter Words at Play / Lettres & boules de neiges

Check out our blog posts for information and a detailed list of over 20 videos available on our YouTube Channel

Upcoming program

One eRead / Un Livrel Canada
Along with 600 other Canadian libraries, the Ottawa Public Library will be launching the first national, bilingual (French and English) digital book club in January 2021. Un Livrel/One eRead Canada will be a month-long initiative coordinated by Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) and will run from January 1 to 31, 20021.

The One eRead/Un Livrel Canada will provide free, unlimited access to Vi by Kim Thùy in eBook and eAudiobook formats across different platforms. Vi will be available in French and English without holds or waitlists for all library cardholders throughout January 20021.