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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.

First Nation Communities READ 2018 Selected Titles


The Water Walker by Joanne Roberston and Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga are the selected titles for the Indigenous Literature Award 2018, part of the First Nation Communities READ program.

The Water Walker (in the Children's category) is the story of an Ojibwe Grandmother who walks to raise awareness for our need to protect Nibi - water - for future generations. 

Seven Fallen Feathers  (in the YA/Adult category) is winning many accolades this year - it tells an important story of high school students who died in Thunder Bay while far from their homes and families.

First Nation Communities READ encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling and intergenerational information sharing, while also increasing awareness of First Nation, Metis and Inuit voices and experiences through writing, illustration and publishing.  The strong short list of books included The Marrow Thieves and My Conversations with Canadians.  The titles were chosen by a jury of Indigenous librarians from across Ontario, and represent the best of Indigenous literature from Turtle Island today.

Image: The Water Walker

The Water Walker

By Robertson, Joanne
Image: Seven Fallen Feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City
By Talaga, Tanya
Image: #NotYourPrincess


Voices of Native American Women
Image: The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

By Dimaline, Cherie
Image: The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

By Dimaline, Cherie
Image: When We Were Alone

When We Were Alone

By Robertson, David
Image: Akilak's Adventure

Akilak's Adventure

By Webster, Deborah Kigjugalik