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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.

Deadline: February 19 - Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest

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Reminder: the deadline to submit a poem, a short story, or a comic is Monday, February 19.


Calling all young and creative Ottawans — starting TODAY (December 1), you are invited to compose a poem, short story, or comic for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth writing contest! 


If you are between the ages of 9 and 17 and have things to say, express yourself! Put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, activate your voice and share your vision. Showcase your talent, creativity, and fresh ideas by submitting a poem, short story, or comic before the contest deadline of February 19, 2018.


And if you are looking for reasons to participate, look no further than these words from a past Awesome Authors winner: “This contest is a perfect opportunity for youth to express themselves, to share their ideas with others, and to show what they can do! I’ve learned to never underestimate my talents, I’ve learned how to set goals, and how to synthesize my text and prioritize my ideas”.


The OPL is keen to spur you on in this writing adventure, whether you are already a budding author or trying out for the first time. Several workshops with established authors are planned to help you create your poem, short story, or comic:


Writing Workshops

For ages 13-17

For ages 9-12


Entries must be submitted electronically on the contest webpage, or in person at your local branch. All the details of the Awesome Authors contest rules can be found online at


This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) who publish pot-pourri, an annual anthology of the winning Awesome Authors poems and stories, and comics. pot-pourri makes a great Christmas gift! To get your copy, visit the FOPLA website at



The link to sign up for the last event (the French Poesie) at Beaverbrook is broken.

Puisque toutes les succursales sont fermées à la date limite du concours. Est-ce possible d'envoyer une photo de la bande dessinée pour la date limite puis remettre la copie originale en succursale mardi le 20 février?


Bonjour Tootch, Nous communiquerons avec vous par courriel pour répondre à votre question.



They say it's peaceful up there
Up at the top of the stairs

You feel no pain
You can’t be slain

You’ll be with your family
Nothing like reality

I know you were totally suffering
I know this place will be just comforting

Up in


Hello Tessa, we will contact you by email about your poem entry. Cheers.