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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.

Delilah Dirk: International Mistress of Swordsmanship (and Your New Hero)


You may recently have seen the news (trending, of course), that Disney is interested in making a live-action movie franchise based on “Delilah Dirk”.

So... Who is Delilah Dirk?

Delilah Dirk is the cunning, dashing, adventurous, devil-may-care, law-evading (on her better days!) protagonist of the graphic novels by Tony Cliff. 

As the publisher describes: "Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century."

These graphic novels are fast-paced, funny, and a total delight for fans of the adventure genre - a perfect match if you love classic Indiana Jones, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, the recent "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Robert Downey Jr., or the BBC television series "The Musketeers". The art is fresh and colourful, and perfectly complements the repartee (both of sword and of wit!). 

Meet the International Mistress of Swordsmanship and her unexpected tea-loving companion, Selim, in the first volume: "Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant". The second volume, "Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling", is hot off the presses and now available in the OPL collection.

And if you need just a little bit more to tide you over, the author and publisher have made a short story available through his website. "Delilah Dirk and the Seeds of Good Fortune" is a pay-what-you-can downloadable eBook. Visit the official Delilah Dirk website here for more details.

Happy swashbuckling!