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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.

Back to School


Happy Back to School Everyone!


Wait a second… summer’s over already? I can’t believe that it’s already time to say goodbye to sleep-ins and campfires and say hello to late-bells and homework.


As soon as the school year starts, I find myself with less and less time for reading things I actually like. Between math and science textbooks and some challenging books assigned in english class, I find myself missing my summer reading list and all the time I had to complete it. Because it can be so hard to find free time to dedicate to long reads during the school year, I like to find shorter and “easier” books that I can pick up and put down in between studying and other commitments. One book that is perfect for this is Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur.

One of my favourite reads of all time, Milk & Honey is a powerful book by Canadian poet, Rupi Kaur. A collection of short poems about love, loss, and healing, you’re guaranteed to devour this book in no time and be left hungry for more. Not only is the book written in a way that allows you to finish and enjoy it through a busy schedule, it is also beautifully illustrated by Kaur and absolutely entrancing.


Already read Milk & Honey? Rupi Kaur’s new book, “The Sun and Her Flowers” is set to release October 3rd. Get excited!  I recommend Milk & Honey for a back to school read, and hope everyone has a great September.

Bella Crysler is a Teen Advisory Group member and Teen Blogger in Residence from the Carlingwood Library. 


Image: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

By Kaur, Rupi