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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.

Celebrity Book Clubs


Celebrity book clubs seem to be popping up everywhere!  From literary fiction, to narrative non-fiction, to titles from new and coming authors, there is sure to be a choice/club to please every reader. Listed below are a few celebrity book clubs as well as some of their current and past selections.

Oprah’s book club has been around seen 1996. The first selection was the Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard and  her most recent selection is The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.

Emma Watson created a feminist bookclub ‘Our Shared Shelf’ on Goodreads to share novels on equality and feminism and to explore what she was learning with fellow readers.  Current sections include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. Past choices include Hunger: A Memoir of My Body by Roxane Gay, and The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss created Bellatrist which profiles an independent bookstore and book monthly.  Previous selections include The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy and Marlena by Julie Bunton. The current adult selection is Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard and the featured bookstore is A Cappella Books in Atlanta.

Sarah Jessica Parker has a book club SJP Picks (through ALA Book Club Central) and a book imprint  (in partnership with Molly Stern)– SJP for Hogarth.  Her book club’s latest selection is Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles. Previous selections include Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo.  The debut novel for her imprint is A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

Have you read any of these titles or belong to any celebrity book clubs?

Celebrity Book Club Picks by charmaine_library

Book club picks from Oprah, Emma Watson, Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss, as well as Sarah Jessica Parker #celebrity book clubs #fiction #non-fiction