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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.

Teen Summer Reading Book of the Week: Openly Straight


   Rafe’s been out since the eighth grade but no longer wants to be seen as the “gay guy” at his Colorado high school. He tries to escape the label, and experience what it feels like to be just another guy, by moving to an all-boys prep school in Massachusetts.


   Once he arrives at his new school, Rafe is thrilled to be welcomed by the group of popular jocks and recognized as an individual for his talents on the soccer field. He feels free of the old labels but gradually, hiding part of who he is actually begins to make him feel trapped. Especially when he starts to fall in love with his friend...

Openly Straight

   The novel, Openly Straight is definitely worth spending time with. Rafe’s character is loveable and brings a funny and honest perspective to his life, including his good and maybe not so good decisions.


My personal favourite quote from the book:

   “It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.”


  Author Bill Konigsberg’s website,, includes 10 Tips on How to Find (and Keep) Your Ben and a touching review of Openly Straight by a teen reader.