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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.

Toni Morrison Dies; Her Literary Legacy Lives On

This images shows a portrait of author Toni Morrison, and two of her book covers, Beloved, and Tar Baby.

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Toni Morrison has died at the age of 88 from a short illness, but her powerful literary work will live long after her death.  Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, she was the first black woman to receive this honour.  A trailblazer in writing the African American experience,  Beloved was her best known and most celebrated work that became a feature film.  She also wrote Tar Baby, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Jazz, to mention a few of her revered novels.  Morrision also edited, mentored, published, and taught - all in the great endeavour of spreading the word and world of literature.

She said of her own writing: "I don’t like to have someone call my books ‘poetic’ because it has the connotation of luxuriating richness.... I wanted to restore the language that black people spoke to its original power. That calls for a language that is rich but not ornate.”

Her most recent work is one of powerful essays: The Source of Self-Regard.  But to really experience the world and language of Toni Morrison, read one of her beautiful novels in the OPL collection.

Image: The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

A Novel
By Morrison, Toni
Image: Beloved


A Novel
By Morrison, Toni
Image: The Source of Self-regard

The Source of Self-regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
By Morrison, Toni
Image: Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon

By Morrison, Toni
Image: Home


By Morrison, Toni
Image: A Mercy

A Mercy

By Morrison, Toni
Image: Jazz


By Morrison, Toni
Image: Sula


By Morrison, Toni
Image: God Help the Child

God Help the Child

[a Novel]
By Morrison, Toni