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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.

APRIL FOOL'S - Reading – it’s in your blood!

This image is of drops of blood with opened books inside each.

It is no secret that books are our life blood here at OPL and this is clearly true for the more than 300,000 cardholders who borrowed nearly 12 million items last year.  Excellent, personal customer service is a priority we know all too well so we have a new service for book lovers: reading recommendations tailored to your blood type. Based on the principle that reading is in our veins and everyone can expand their knowledge and humanity through reading a variety of genres, OPL is hoping its blood type book lists will enrich the reading diet of customers and nourish the hearts and minds of Ottawa residents.

Some studies suggest that there is a statistically significant relationship between blood type and personality, and OPL staff have put together inspired reading lists for each of the four main blood types: A, B, AB, O. According to the blood-type personality theory, a person with Type A blood tends to be warm, reserved, sensible, patient, responsible, perfectionist, and cautious and might enjoy On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden. On the negative side, those with Type A can be obsessive, stubborn, inconsiderate, and intemperate so one of the Library’s recommendations is Firestarter by Tara Sim.

The most common blood type in Canada is O+, which is associated with personality traits such as confidence, ambition, intuition, and willfulness; and one of the book suggestions for this group is Objections! The Ultimate Guide for Mastering the Art and Science of Getting Past No by Jeb Blount.

Type AB is the least common in Canada and linked to positive traits such as calmness, rationality, and adaptability, but also negative traits such as indecision, aloofness, and being hypercritical. Reading suggestions for this blood type include: How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility by Akiko Busch, Personality Hacker by Witt Dodge, and F*ck That: An Honest Meditation by Jason Headley.

Take a look at the full Read for your blood type book list below.   

Like blood, books are thicker than water, and OPL has the books and resources you need to stay strong and happy. Enjoy!


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