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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.

All in a Day Book Panel

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On Monday, October 7th CBC's All in a Day book panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of Ottawa Writers Festival, discussed their picks for the month. You can find the books listed below and listen to their discussion at the following link


CBC All in a Day Book Panel - October 2019 by Collection_Development

Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


I put a hold on “The Secrets We Kept” after hearing Ann Archer speak about it. Pace Archer, no writer was too popular that Stalin could not send him to the Gulag or have him executed. Pasternak was not only a gifted writer, but a gifted translator. Stalin, himself a Georgian, appreciated Pasternak’s Russian translations of Georgian literature, and thus may well have kept Pasternak out of the Gulag.
Very regrettable the use of the phrase “settler culture” or whatever by the Book Panel, where “mainstream culture” would be more appropriate. If the story starts outside a Walmart we are a long way from “Roughing It in the Bush”. Under Big Brother Justin a Canadian version of Newspeak seems to be forming and like the 1984 version, its objective seems to be to make a rational critique of the authoritarian state more and more difficult, because many words will have disappeared, and others, like “settler” will have taken on new meanings that they never should have been assigned to them.