• Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL offers contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. 

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended. 
    • HOLDS PICKUP: As of July 27, appointments are no longer needed to pick up holds, except at Rosemount (temporary location). You can pick up your available holds during opening hours at branches offering contactless service.    
    • Rosemount (temporary location) will offer curbside service starting Monday, July 27. Holds pickups are by appointment only at this location. 
    • UPDATE: Starting Monday, August 17, additional in-person services will be offered at select branches and new branch locations will reopen. Find out more.

    Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law. 
    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact InfoService by phone or email. 


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The Elements of Writing Fiction

For local writers or self-published authors who want to make the leap to getting published and improve their creative writing.  Local author and editor Ian Thomas Shaw will examine the elements of writing fiction that will be of interest to publishers. 

  • The difference between literary fiction and genre fiction 
  • Read before you write - studying the style of winning writers
  • Figure out the basic setting and plot
  • Decide what point of view (POV) you want for your story 
  • Create a plot outline - Plot diagram or snowflake method
  • Create flawed characters and unique story ideas
  • Find and use beta readers to refine your novel
  • Use technology to clean up your manuscript

Local author Ian Thomas Shaw is a novelist and editor. He is also the founder of the Ottawa Review of Books and Deux Voiliers Publishing. His latest novel, Quill of the Dove, has been optioned for a TV limited series.



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