As a writer, I love to find new places to write. I have my old favorites, but there is something about going somewhere new that shakes up my routine and gets me in a productive mood. That’s just one excuse though, the truth is that I’m just a huge fan of the Ottawa Public Library system, and I want to be able to visit all of the branches before we are posted out of the city! As a small-town girl growing up, we only had a TINY public library, and then our own school libraries and the local College Library. The OPL system is HUGE to me!
The Cumberland Branch is the farthest West branch of the Ottawa Public Library. One of the things I look for in a good writing spot is nearby refreshments, and this one has a Metro, Booster Juice and Tim Horton’s. They also have lots of parking.
One of my favorite things about working at the Library is the opportunity to use a table to spread out the book I’m taking notes from, my laptop, and any papers, etc.
One of the things that put Cumberland over the top for me? The separate area for Children! This kept the noise way down in the rest of the building.
This place has a ton of natural light, several small rooms to do group work, two table areas for study, and even a section of chairs next to a heater/fireplace for reading!
Unlike Cumberland, the Orleans Library is in a residential location. This means there doesn’t seem to be food or drink in immediate walking distance. There is parking though. So if you’re planning on spending the day there just pack a cooler and go eat in your car.
North Gloucester Library
This library was busier, as it was in a more densely populated area. There was plenty of working space though. I’m guessing it would be super busy at the end of the day during the school year.