• Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

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My favourite teen reads by Canadian authors


Hi there! My name is Jenna and I’m one of the OPL Teen Bloggers in Residence for this spring and I’m so excited!

I love writing, reading books and writing about reading books. My favourite genre to read is teen contemporary but I’ll read anything put in front of me, including instruction manuals. My favourite books include Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, no matter how hard it makes me cry. I’m so pumped to write about the book things I love and share it. These next few months are going to be awesome!

Here is my first blog post:

Canada is a pretty awesome country, and books are pretty great themselves. So when the two are mashed up, there can be some pretty spectacular books by Canadian authors. Authors like Eric Walters are loved throughout Canada and his books are enjoyed by Canadians of all ages. My favourite genre of books is contemporary young adult, and some of my favourite books in the genre were written on my home soil.

My latest favourite book by a Canadian author is Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston. The book tackled a serious topic in a light way and the book was enjoyable and I couldn’t stop reading it. Also, Hermione and Polly are #friendshipgoals. A bit before I read Exit, I read Calvin by Martine Leavitt and I was fascinated by the unique format in which the book was written. I also loved the mentions of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes characters, some of my favourites when I was young. The Art of Getting Stared At  by Laura Langston is one of my favourite books I have ever read. I loved the story and the characters, and the story felt very real. It had tragedy and romance, the two components needed for a good contemporary YA novel. Another one of my favourite subjects is history and Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold seamlessly weaved together stories from present time and stories from the past to perfectly write this book.


Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog.  

Image: Calvin


By Leavitt, Martine
Image: Exit, Pursued by A Bear

Exit, Pursued by A Bear

By Johnston, E.K.
Image: Soldier Doll

Soldier Doll

By Gold, Jennifer
Image: Soldier Doll

Soldier Doll

By Gold, Jennifer