• Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


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Allan Stratton's The Dogs: Review + Teen Author Event at Sunnyside Branch


Looking for an atmospheric and spooky book to kick off your Fall reading? Then look no further than Allan Stratton’s The Dogs, a compelling small-town paranormal mystery.

Our story follows Cameron, a young teen who’s moved from town to town due to he and his mother being on the run from his father. When their latest move brings them to a rundown farmhouse, Cameron discovers that it has a dark history which may be coming back to haunt him in the present. As Cameron starts to experience visions and speaking with a past resident who may have been murdered at the farmhouse, he also begins to question his sanity – are these paranormal occurences he's experiencing even real?

Stratton does a wonderful job of balancing the paranormal elements (or are they?) of the plot with Cameron’s very real family struggles and inner turmoil. Readers will anxiously turn the pages wanting to know both the answer to the mystery of the farmhouse, as well as whether Cameron’s visions are real or a product of his past trauma.

Interested in learning more? The Ottawa Public Library is excited to be hosting Allan Stratton as a part of our Teen Author Festival! Join us at the Sunnyside branch on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00pm for our Write On! panel – participants will have a chance to chat and ask Allan questions alongside Canadian authors Kelley Powell and Holly Bodger.

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The Merit Birds

By Powell, Kelley
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A Novel
By Bodger, Holly
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By Bodger, Holly