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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.

Eating Well with Food Sensitivities and Allergies


Having a sensitivity to dairy is a drag when you LOVE ice cream!  Gelato and sorbets just don't cut it either, as they are essentially fruit, sugar and, wait for it, no creamy goodness. 

Along come coconut milk-based ice creams, available at some health food stores, OR your local library - The Ice Dream Cookbookby Rachel Albert-Matesz.  Tada!

There are a ton of library stuff for people with gluten-free, nut-free, soya-free, ok, let's call them "restricted" diets.

When you feel like you can't eat what everyone just calls "food", here are a few of my favourite things:

Finally-- Food I Can Eat by local author Shirley Plant

8 Degrees of Ingredients by Melisa K. Priem

Food Allergy Cookbook by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Sweet Alternatives by Allison Wood

Gluten-free Italian by Jacqueline Mallorca

For cookbooks, enter the keywords "food allergy recipes".

For general information of food allergies or sensitivities, enter keywords "food allergy" or "gluten free" or "diet therapy", as beginning points.

There are all kinds of resources out there, and, as the library slogan goes: 

"If it's out there, it's in here!"