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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Evaristo and Carty-Williams: First Black Authors to Win Top British Book Awards


Bernardine Evaristo and Candice Carty-Williams have won top prizes at the British Book awards for Author of the Year, and Book of the Year respectively.  Carty Williams' novel Queenie is the first by a black author to win Book of the Year - of which she says "I shouldn't and won't be the last".  Evaristo, who also shared the 2019 Booker for her book Girl, Woman, Other with Margaret Atwood (The Testatments) has the honour to be Author of the Year - again the first black writer to win this category.  Evaristo comments "I've been writing for a very long time, and it's incredibly gratifying to know that my work is finally reaching a wider readership".

A shake-up in publishing is another result of the tragic death of George Floyd as the industry awakens to inequality in its ranks.  Let it be a permanent change.


Black Women Authors Winby CD_Librarian

Whether actual awards, or critical acclaim, these authors and their books are winners