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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.

International Day of Pink - April 13th 2016


       Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Each year, on The International Day of Pink, OPL encourages all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Take the message and remember it all year long. It is also so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to those who are being bullied that others do care. Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations. Conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!

       The International Day of Pink is a Canadian anti-bullying event held annually on the second Wednesday of April. This year it will be taking place on Wednesday April 13th 2016. This anti-bully day campaign started after David Shepherd and Travis Price witnessed a student being bullied in their Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia. Both David and Travis wanted to demonstrate their encouragement to the student who was being bullied. By doing so, they got everyone at school to wear pink in support of him. The initiative David and Travis took inspired youth from Jer's Vision (which has recently been renamed to Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity) to fund The International Day of Pink as an effort to support their peers internationally with resources and ways to make schools safer.

       The Day of Pink is the international day against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny across the world. We invite everyone to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in their workplaces, schools and communities. Two Teen Services Librarians of the Ottawa Public Library (Jess H. & Christine C.) will be attending the Day of Pink Gala 2016 on Wednesday April. 13th 2016 at Lansdowne Park beginning at 6:30PM. This is a free event and all are welcome to join! Please RSVP by emailing:

       In celebration of the International Day of Pink, take a look a look at the sample of OPL's collection of teen books with LGBTQ & bullying prevention themes. Check our catalogue or ask at your local branch for even more borrowing materials!

Image: Beyond Magenta

Beyond Magenta

Transgender Teens Speak Out
By Kuklin, Susan
Image: Bone Gap

Bone Gap

By Ruby, Laura
Image: Bullying Under Attack

Bullying Under Attack

True Stories Written by Teen Victims, Bullies & Bystanders
Image: Cornered


14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance
Image: Darius & Twig

Darius & Twig

By Myers, Walter Dean
Image: Dear Bully

Dear Bully

70 Authors Tell Their Stories
Image: GLBTQ


The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
By Huegel, Kelly
Image: Happy Families

Happy Families

By Davis, Tanita S.
Image: Hear Me Out

Hear Me Out

True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia : A Project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto
Image: It Gets Better

It Gets Better

Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating A Life Worth Living
Image: Positive


Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World --a Memoir
By Rawl, Paige
Image: Rethinking Normal

Rethinking Normal

A Memoir in Transition
By Hill, Katie Rain
Image: Some Assembly Required

Some Assembly Required

The Not-so-secret Life of A Transgender Teen
By Andrews, Arin
Image: The Only Girl in School

The Only Girl in School

By Standiford, Natalie
Image: The Survival Guide to Bullying

The Survival Guide to Bullying

Written by A Teen
By Mayrock, Aija
Image: Stonewall


Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
By Bausum, Ann
Image: The War at Ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere

By Hicks, Faith Erin


Image: Bully Bystanders

Bully Bystanders

You Can Make A Difference


Grades 6-8
Image: Bullying


You Don't Have to Take It Anymore
Image: Bullying


There's Always A Way Out