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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.

A large donation from our best friend

Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association logo

Last evening, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) presented their 2018 donation to Ottawa Public Library Board – 375K $. This is FOPLA’s largest single donation ever to OPL!

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) raises these funds mostly through the sale of donated used books, AV materials and vinyl, as well as the generous efforts of more than 300 amazing volunteer library lovers.

 FOPLA’s donation will fund library program and branch enhancements in OPL branches across the city.

Here are some highlights of programs and items financed through FOPLA’s donation from last year:

  • FOPLA funds donated to OPL in 2018 were used to purchase furniture, equipment, and outreach materials, and supported programming such as the newly opened music-editing lab at the Ruth E. Dickinson branch.
  • FOPLA sponsored OPL’s Awesome Authors youth writing contest and published the winning entries in the 12th edition of the pot-pourri anthology.
  • FOPLA sponsored OPL’s Tales and Tunes Family Fun Day, once again supporting a popular and fast-growing community event.

If you would like to support the extraordinary work of FOPLA, here are ways you can get involved:

Kudos to FOPLA and its amazing volunteers!


Could some of these funds be made available for computer keyboard replacements.
Many branches have keyboards with characters obliterated by heavy use.
Also, many have broken keyboard ‘elevation legs ‘, especially Special Technology Stations.
These deficiencies have been present for years, evidence of a lack of proper maintenance on these well used items.
Many Thanks