Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
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  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

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The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction - shortlist


July UPDATE: the 2020 winner is Colson Whitehead for The Nickel Boys!

Have you heard of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction?  If not, it's worth your time checking into an interesting array of titles, ones with serious political overtones.  Only in existence for a year, the 2019 winner was Milkman by Anna Burns, a book that won the Booker, too.

 The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction was started by George Orwell's son Richard Blair, and "will reward outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative."  Orwell himself said his wish was to make "political writing into an art".

A refreshing promotion of the political in fiction, wouldn't you say?  New in a roster of Orwell prizes including The Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils, checkout their enlightening website for more good literature, after reading these shortlisted fictional works, and celebrate the resonance of Orwell's legacy:

Image: Girl


By O'Brien, Edna
Image: Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other

By Evaristo, Bernardine
Image: The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel
By Whitehead, Colson
Image: The Wall

The Wall

A Novel
By Lanchester, John