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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.

Girls in Comics - Teen Edition


With the ComicCon season approaching, it's time to brush up on great girl graphic novels! I love finding new titles written or illustrated by women, or featuring heroines of every feather. Whether they're flaunting their flaws, battling demons (either literally or figuratively), or simply living their best lives despite what's thrown in their paths, females are becoming more popular in the comic industry than ever before.

Are you curious about the various iterations of Ms. Marvel, or best-kept secret the Incredible Squirrel Girl? Care to delve into the fantastical world of Elfquest, lovingly crafted for the past 40 years by husband and wife team Wendy and Richard Pini? Do you prefer non-fiction stories, and would like to learn about female primatologists, or study a women's perspective on gender stereotypes and boundaries? Do you reach for manga instead of traditional Western art? Are you keen to discover the latest independent comic artist? Check out this (non-comprehensive) list of teen graphic novels either written or illustrated by women, or featuring strong females as the lead characters. Be sure to click on the list link for the complete list, and please leave me a comment if there's a title you feel should be included!

Amazing Teen Comics By (or About) Women by Nadine_OPL

A great list of teen graphic novels that go through my hands. These great books are written and/or illustrated by women, and/or have a main character who is female. Enjoy!