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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

150 Years of Great Canadian Storytellers. . . THE LIST


No one knows Canadian literature and Canadian authors better than Douglas Gibson.  In his long publishing career, culminating as President of McClelland and Stewart, Doug has edited many of Canada’s greatest authors.  On Thursday, October 26, Doug entranced an OPL audience with stories of his favourite reads, past and present, at 150 Years of Great Canadian Storytellers. . . 1867 – 2017.  Doug’s spirited and humorous presentation inspired all of us in the audience to read  - or re-read - the selected classic titles.  So here is the list of all the titles reviewed in the presentation.  Click on the link to see the full list. Happy reading!


If you missed the presentation on October 26, you can see it on Rogers TV, Channel 22, on Tuesday, November 14, at 9:30 p.m.

150 Years of Great Canadian Storytellers: The List by RH_library

Books highlighted by publisher Douglas Gibson in his presentation "150 Years of Great Canadian Storytellers: 1867-2017"