UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Stages and Pages: Behaviour


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.


Behaviour tells the story of Mara, an Ottawa woman with a seemingly beautiful life, complete with a good government job, a handsome partner, a new baby boy. But appearances can be deceiving. A world premiere about the abuse of power, political expediency, and the masks we wear to carry on as if everything is as it should be.

See it at the GCTC from March 12 to March 31st, 2019

Check out these novels, biographies, and films to whet your appetite for the play and to further explore its themes.

GCTC 2017-2018: Behaviourby SuccursaleRideauBranch

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 "Behaviour", which opens at the GCTC on March 12, 2019.

  • Image: The Female Persuasion
    This timely novel wrestles with issues of sexism, the corporatization of politics, and conflicts between second-wave feminism and 21st-century intersectional feminism and progressivism.
  • Image: Difficult Women
    A powerful collection of short stories about difficult, troubled, headstrong, and unconventional women
  • Image: Opening Belle

    Opening Belle

    A Novel
    By Sherry, Maureen
    A self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star juggles the impossible demands of working in sexist environments and raising her children with a deadbeat husband while considering the life she may have had with her former fiancé.
  • Image: How to Be A Woman
    With humor, insight, and verve, How To Be a Woman lays bare the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself.
  • Image: You Play the Girl

    You Play the Girl

    On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, and Other Mixed Messages
    By Chocano, Carina
    In this whip-smart essay collection, pop culture critic Chocano explores representations of women in books, movies, and television, and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections.
  • Image: Women of Resistance

    Women of Resistance

    Poems for A New Feminism
    What began as an informal collaboration of like-minded poets grew into something far more substantial and ambitious: a fully fledged anthology of women's resistance.
  • Image: Shrewed


    A Wry and Closely Observed Look at the Lives of Women and Girls : Essays
    By Renzetti, Elizabeth
    Globe and Mail columnist Renzetti tackles a wide range of feminist issue in these varied essays.
  • Image: Feminism


    Reinventing the F Word
    By Higgins, Nadia Abushanab
    Aimed at teens, this approachable introduction covers key terms, important ideas, and historical milestones from the last century. It pays particularly attention to the rise of intersectionality and the idea the feminism should focus on all women.
  • Image: Today Will Be Different

    Today Will Be Different

    A Novel
    By Semple, Maria
    An introspective look, both comedic and tragic, at attempting to be the best one can be: wife, mother, or sibling.
  • Image: Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win
    A smart and funny novel about the cost of being a woman in the public eye.