UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Awesome Authors youth writing contest is on!


Are you between the ages of 9 and 18? Do you dream of one day writing an internationally acclaimed bestseller?  Do you invent a new cartoon character every time you have a blank piece of paper in front of you? Are you fascinated by the world of spoken words? If so, we have a contest for you! 


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About the contest 

Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest will allow you to showcase your literary talent and creativity. By participating, you have a chance to win cash prizes and have your work published in the Pot-pourri anthology. You can submit an entry in 6 different categories: poetry, short story, comic, poésie, nouvelle and bande dessinée. Hurry, you have until Friday, February 26, 2021 to send us your submission(s). To consult the complete contest rules and find out how to enter the contest, visit the contest page


Free workshops 

We are privileged to have 5 wonderful judges helping us for this contest. Our judges are local authors who generously offer their time to read each submission. They have the difficult task of choosing the best entries. You'll have the chance to learn from them through FREE online creative writing workshops. Spaces are limited; check out the list of available workshops and reserve your spot. 



A big thank you to our friends!

The contest is possible thanks to the generous financial support of the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA). It is also the FOPLA, which publishes an annual anthology of the winning entries. You can purchase your copy of Pot-pourri 2020 on the FOPLA website to discover talented young authors. 


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2021 Awesome Authors | Super auteur.e.sby ProgramDevelopment

Some books written by the contest judges. | Quelques livres écrits par les juges du concours.