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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.

Get Loud about Mental Health, or quietly read a book!


Bibliotherapy is yet another service from the Library - we have a wide selection of books to cover any need.  Self-help books are particularly popular, and hold promise to fix problems.  How to fix depression? anxiety? self-loathing?  Not simple at all, but there may be a book that will calm the beast within.  No complete answers to understanding others or yourself, but good words to build empathy and understanding during this Mental Health Week.  Here is a sampling of titles to try.

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Pathways to Possibility

Transforming Our Relationship With Ourselves, Each Other, and the World
By Zander, Rosamund Stone
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Calm the F*ck Down

How to Control What You Can and Accept What You Can't So You Can Stop Freaking Out and Get on With your Life
By Knight, Sarah
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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-- and the Unexpected Solutions
By Hari, Johann
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First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

A New Journey Through Anxiety
By Wilson, Sarah
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Hyperbole and A Half

Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
By Brosh, Allie
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(Don't) Call Me Crazy

33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health
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Mes tempêtes intérieures

25 témoignages porteurs d'espoir sur la santé mentale
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Il pleut à la maison

parler de votre santé mentale avec vos enfants
By Lamy, Céline
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How Not to Fall Apart

Lessons Learned on the Road From Self-harm to Self-care
By Van Eijk, Maggy
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Infectious Madness

The Surprising Science of How We "catch" Mental Illness
By Washington, Harriet A.
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La fragilité psychique des jeunes adultes

15-30 ans : prévenir, aider et accompagner
By Gourion, David
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Stress et risques psychosociaux au travail

comprendre, prévenir, intervenir
By Lefebvre, Bruno
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My Age of Anxiety

Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
By Stossel, Scott
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Dormez !

le programme complet pour en finir avec l'insomnie
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La charge mentale des femmes... et celle des hommes

mieux la détecter pour prévenir le burn-out
By Schneider, Aurélia