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  • 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.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


Old Favorites and New Discoveries on the 2020 Booker Prize Longlist


One of the biggest literary prizes of the year just got a little closer for thirteen authors. The Booker Prize 2020 Longlist was announced this week, and there were lots of surprises on it! Hilary Mantel’s placement on the list for The Mirror and the Light is not a shock, since she won twice before for the previous two books in the Wolf Hall series. On the other hand, there are a staggering eight titles by debut authors this year!

Formerly reserved for writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, since 2013 the judges now consider books by authors from anywhere in the world as long as they are published in English in the UK. This change has been controversial, with many suggesting that the prize will be dominated by American writers—and this year, in fact, nine authors were born in the US or have US citizenship. The authors on this list this year represent diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and their works range from speculative fiction, to historical fiction to modern realism and autofiction.

OPL currently has 10 of the 13 titles on our shelves or on order, but there are three books we can’t add to our collection yet because they aren’t available in Canada. We will order Burnt Sugar, Who We Was and, Love and Other Thought Experiments as soon as we can! The final shortlist of six titles will be announced on September 15.