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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.

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing goes to Boys: What It Means to Become a Man


The Writers' Trust of Canada announced on May 15 in Ottawa that this year's winner of their Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing is Rachel Geise's Boys: What It Means to Become a Man.   The Jury says of the 2018 publication: "With a skillful mix of original reporting, scholarly research, and personal anecdotes, Rachel Giese presents a deeply felt examination of the forces that shape how boys see themselves and how we see them. No one, from parents to policy-makers, can read Boys without rethinking their notion of manliness, masculinity, and how we raise young men."  

Other nominations for the Prize are: Homes: a Refugee Story, Breaching the Peace: the Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand Against Big Hydro, Pipe Dreams: the Fight for Canada's Energy Future, and Big Lonely Doug: the Story of One of Canada's Last Great Trees.

The 2018 winner was Tanya Talaga's Seven Fallen Feathers.  Go to their website for more great reading suggestions from past winners and nominees!

Image: Boys


What It Means to Become A Man
By Giese, Rachel
Image: Homes


A Refugee Story
By al Rabeeah, Abu Bakr
Image: Breaching the Peace

Breaching the Peace

The Site C Dam and A Valley's Stand Against Big Hydro
By Cox, Sarah Katharine
Image: Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

The Fight for Canada's Energy Future
By Poitras, Jacques
Image: Big Lonely Doug

Big Lonely Doug

The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees
By Rustad, Harley
Image: Seven Fallen Feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in A Northern City
By Talaga, Tanya