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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.

GREAT SCOTS: Canadian Fiction Writers with Links to Scotland

photo of Douglas Gibson

Douglas Gibson is one of Canada’s best-known and respected publishers.  In his illustrious career, culminating as President of McClelland and Stewart, he has edited many of our greatest authors.  And beyond that, Doug is also a writer and raconteur par excellence!  

In partnership with The Scottish Society of Ottawa, OPL is excited to present Douglas Gibson’s  new show: GREAT SCOTS: Canadian Fiction writers with Links to Scotland, from 1867 to Today.  This 65-minute show will take us through Canadian history, discussing the authors against their historic background.  Among the Great Scot authors are predictable names like MacLennan, MacLeod, and Munro, but also some that will surprise you.  Gallant and Aubert de Gaspé – who knew? 

GREAT SCOTS will be an entertaining and informative evening, sure to delight whether you are a CanLit lover, history buff, or proud Scot!  Join us Monday, January 21, at 7 p.m. in the beautiful Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.  Registration:  GREAT SCOTS: Canadian Fiction Writers with Links to Scotland, from 1867 to Today.

See the list below for a sneak peek at the works to be discussed.  We guarantee Doug will inspire you to read them all!

Great Scots: Canadian Fiction Writers with Links to Scotland by RH_library

Titles discussed by Douglas Gibson in the presentation "Great Scots" at Arts Court Theatre, January 21, 2019.