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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.

#ReadSomethingNew at OPL

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You may have recently asked library staff for reading suggestions for your child, your grandchild, or maybe even your aging parent; but what are YOU reading this summer?

There are so many reasons for adults to keep reading for enjoyment| OPL staff readers say they read: to escape or travel to a new place or universe; to learn; to maintain and grow vocubulary; and to connect with other readers. Even a short chapter a day can go a long way.

Unsure what to read next? Searching for a new title in a genre you already enjoy? Feeling adventurous enough to pick something completely new? OPL staff are here to help!

For ideas, have a look below at a few lists created by OPL staff. You can also pop into any branch to talk about books with us; or reach us virtually for reading recommendations through our website

Join the conversation! #ReadSomethingNew 

Books Adapted Into Movies 

Books Adapted Into TV Series or Miniseries

Epistolary - Read a Book Told Through Letters 

Read a Book or Story in One Sitting 

Indigenous Fiction 

Domestic Thrillers 

Mystery Authors in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) 

Books by Transgender Authors

Perfect Poetry - La poésie parfaite 

Books that take place outside of North America 

Littérature canadienne et francophone hors-Québec

Littérature francophone hors Canada et hors Europe