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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.

Reading Across Canada – blog 1

This image shows a map of Canada with the chosen book covers for each province depicted in the blog post.

For Canada Day this year, we put together a list of 13 recommended books; one for each province or territory in Canada. In each book, the story takes place in the province or territory it was chosen for. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you a small glimpse into Canada’s diverse and far-reaching regions.

This is the first of three Reading Across Canada blog posts. This post will concentrate on the western provinces and territories.

Please comment below with your recommended reads that are based in the specific provinces or territories listed. Happy reading!


British Columbia

Bad endings by Carleigh Baker

For everyone who has ever had their heart broken (so, all of us), these stories all feature the end of a relationship. They are wry, insightful, sometimes dark, and also often quite funny. Set mostly on the Lower Mainland, they also feature everything from salmon farms to the SkyTrain.


Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

Set in a First Nations Blackfoot community in Alberta, Green Grass, Running Water established Thomas King as an Indigenous writer to watch for. Both comical and cosmic in scope and atmosphere, the characters grapple with balancing the modern with the traditional against a beautiful Alberta landscape.


Close to Spider-Man by Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote's literary debut of Yukon stories - the young and queer finding their unique way in the northern reaches of Canada - where intimacy and relations are as fraught and complicated and funny as more southerly climes.

Northwest Territories

Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Nostalgia for an earlier Yellowknife in the 1970s, Hay recreates a radio community in the land of the midnight sun, with housing stock struggling to stay upright in permafrost.  An arctic canoe trip furthers the arctic ambience, and the shifting bonds between the ragtag characters who have chosen exile in the north.

Image: Bad Endings

Bad Endings

By Baker, Carleigh
Image: Close to Spider Man

Close to Spider Man

By Coyote, Ivan E.


For Newfoundland I recommend Sweetland, by Michael Crummy.

Thank you for the suggestion, lhalbo!