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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. 

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    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Stages and Pages: Bed and Breakfast

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Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).  Visit Stages and Pages for details of the partnership and scroll down to link to a list of Titles to Explore for each play in the 2018-2019 season.  These titles are gathered by a team of OPL Librarians for you, the playgoer.  Borrow these titles and further explore the thought-provoking themes of the plays. 

Bed and Breakfast, written by Mark Crawford, premiered in 2015 at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. This funny but thought provoking play explores the theme of homophobia in a small town setting. It follows the trials and tribulations of Drew and Brett who, having been a couple for 8 years in Toronto face some setbacks and decide to move to a small tourist town where Brett has just inherited a large house from his Aunt Maggie, Fun and problems abound when they prepare to turn the house into a Bed and Breakfast.

See it at the GCTC from Decmber 4 to 22, 2018.

Check out these fictional and non-fiction books and films to further explore some of the issues and themes in this play


GCTC 2018-2019: Bed and Breakfast by Shayna_library

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of, Bed and Breakfast, which opens at the GCTC on December 4, 2018.

  • Image: Any Other Way

    Any Other Way

    How Toronto Got Queer
    This book of essays gives a historical account of how the LGBTQ community transformed Toronto from a socially conservative city to a vibrant city known locally and globally for supporting gay activism
  • Image: Fagbug
    This documentary film describes Erin Davies' 58 day trip through Canada and the United States in her Volkswagon Beetle which was defaced by homophobic graffiti because she had displayed a rainbow sticker.
  • Image: Generations


    By Biondi, Flavia
    This graphic novel tells the story of a young gay man called Matteo who after coming out is estranged from his father and leaves his provincial country town for Milan. When he breaks up with his lover he has to return home and moves in with the women of his family to take care of his grandmother.
  • Image: The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
    By Leavitt, David
    A biography of Alan Turing which illuminates the contributions he made to mathematics and the war effort as well as the effect being homosexual had on his life and death. An easier read than Andrew Hodges' The Enigma.
  • Image: Journey to Same-sex Parenthood

    Journey to Same-sex Parenthood

    Firsthand Advice, Tips, and Stories From Lesbian and Gay Couples
    By Rosswood, Eric
    This book describes the many options available to same sex couples who would like children as well as some of the legal implications. It also describes the personal experiences of same sex couples who have tried each option.
  • Image: Time Was

    Time Was

    By McDonald, Ian
    A sci-fi romance about a pair of male lovers lost in time.
  • Image: Against Equality

    Against Equality

    Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
    This book challenges the Gay Liberation Movement to redefine itself and its goals to change its emphasis from inclusion to revolution.
  • Image: The Glass Closet

    The Glass Closet

    Why Coming Out Is Good Business
    By Browne, John
    This book written by the former CEO of BP challenges workers to disclose their homosexuality. From his own experience he says that the discomfort in not disclosing your sexual orientation is putting the comfort of those who would disapprove higher than your own.
  • Image: Out in the Silence
    Gay filmaker Joe Wilson goes back to his hometown of Oil City, PA to film a documentary about a young boy being harassed in school and elsewhere about his sexual orientation,
  • Image: A Nation Worth Ranting About
    This collection of rants from the Rick Mercer report includes his rant on bullying in schools as well as a previously unpublished essay on the public reaction to that rant. This book is also available as an ebook.