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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. Details:

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BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

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“For Later Shelf” - your new favourite tool on OPL’s Website


Your hold list in the online catalogue is usually where you can see the items coming up next for pick-up at your local branch. I love watching my holds list, especially when you see a title you’re anxious to receive suddenly appear for you to take home. But things have changed, and right now, that hot, new read might only be available as an e-book, and you already have lots in your queue... What can you do to keep track of all those new titles? Answer - the “For Later” shelf! Think of it as a wish list of titles for later, and since it has no limits, you can add as many titles as you like: whether books, music CDs, DVDs or other items in our collection. 

You can add to your “For Later” shelf two ways: 

  • Log in to your account. 

  • From any of an item’s details page, search results, awards and bestseller lists, or another patron’s shelves, click the “For Later” button next to the item. 


  • Log in to your account. 

  • On the menu, click For Later Shelf". 

  • Click Add a title. 

  • Search for the title you want to add. 

  • Click the + Add link on the right-hand side. 

  • Search for additional items if required, and then close the popup window. 

If you want to cancel a hold and move it to your For Later shelf:

  • Log in to your account.

  • On the menu, click “Holds”.

  • Scroll to your holds that are “Not ready” or “Paused”.

  • On any item, click on the third button that says “For later” to save it for when you want to put it on hold again.

  • Then click on the “Cancel Hold” if you wish to cancel the request. Please note: if you cancel your hold, you will lose your position in line.  


The “For Later” shelf is also really great to use if you’re having trouble with getting through your holds in a timely manner, or having too many items show up at once. This way, you have a record of that title and can go back when it works for you. Try it out today!