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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.

Tony Horwitz, Pulitzer Prize winning writer, dies at 60

This image shows Tony Horwitz alongside his latest three novels.

Tony Horwitz wrote of the Confederate South, Frederick Law Olmsted, Captain Cook, and the Middle East, while also exploring workplace conditions.  Married to author Geraldine Brooks who is also a Pulitzer Prize winner, he was on a book tour for his latest, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide when he collapsed on May 27 at age 60 in Washington.

 "Nearly all of Mr. Horwitz’s books viewed history through the prism of travel and firsthand experience" says the Washington Post obituary for Horwitz.  Being out in the world with his curiosity, his sense of humour and strong principles, was a combination that could also present danger, because "some little voice inside is saying, ‘Yeah, but this is going to be a great story.’



Image: Spying on the South

Spying on the South

An Odyssey Across the American Divide
By Horwitz, Tony
Image: Midnight Rising

Midnight Rising

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
By Horwitz, Tony
Image: Blue Latitudes

Blue Latitudes

Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
By Horwitz, Tony
Image: A Voyage Long and Strange

A Voyage Long and Strange

Rediscovering the New World
By Horwitz, Tony