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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    15/05/2020

    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. 

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    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.

Golden Man Booker Prize goes to Michael Ondaatje

This image shows part of the cover for the book The English Patient
09/07/2018

The English Patient, by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, won the Man Booker Prize in 1992; it was made into an Academy Award winning film in 1996; now in 2018 it wins the wonderful honour of being voted by the public for the Golden Man Booker Prize.  A humbled Ondaatje gave credit to the late film director, Anthony Minghella, for bringing the novel to the screen, and having "something to do with the result of this vote".  One of the judges, Kamila Shamsie expressed how deserving this novel is, with its extraordinary language, and strong female characters: it has "great humanity written into every page".

The Golden Man Booker marks the half century for the Booker literary prize, an enormously influential one to win.  52 former winners were considered by 5 judges, who were each assigned a decade of reading.  Out of these, 5 books were chosen for the public's consideration, and include: In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul (the 70s) Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (the 80s), Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (2000s)and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. (the 2010s).

A previous winner for the "Best of Bookers" went to Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. 

Line yourself up for a lot of award winning reading this summer!

Image: The English Patient

The English Patient

A Novel
By Ondaatje, Michael
Image: In A Free State

In A Free State

By Naipaul, V. S.
Image: Moon Tiger

Moon Tiger

By Lively, Penelope
Image: Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

By Mantel, Hilary
Image: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

A Novel
By Saunders, George
Image: Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children

A Novel
By Rushdie, Salman