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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.

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo


When it comes to summer reading, I am on the lookout for unforgettable and scandalous titles, appropriate for beaches or lounging on the patio. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid did not disappoint. Seven husbands, you may be thinking!  Or if you are like me, you are envisioning an Elizabeth Taylor-like figure, a beautiful, glamorous movie star, whose life was filled with Hollywood parties, fashion, beauty and mystery.

Enter Evelyn Hugo. 1950’s movie star. Aging legend, living in the Upper East Side of New York City. Evelyn has led a tumultuous life, filled with scandal and secrets. And until now, the details of her story have remained untold. However, Evelyn has decided that she is now ready to reveal all, and Monique Grant (and only Monique) would do. But why Monique? — there are more experienced writers capable of unveiling Evelyn’s story, but, upon Evelyn’s request, her veil of secrecy could only lifted by Monique.

Evelyn’s story is one of desperation, ambition, great love…and loss. Evelyn shares her life story with Monique over a short period of time and it becomes clear to Monique that all that glitters is not gold, and that she is being pulled into to Evelyn’s story… whether she likes it or not.

A gripping tale of a film legend, and the lengths that she went to in order to get what she wanted. Evelyn’s story is mesmerizing, and refuses to let the reader go, right from the beginning.  If you want a thrilling, summer read, filled with passion, and scandal, request The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and prepare for the ride!

Image: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel
By Reid, Taylor Jenkins