• 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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From Manuscript to Bookshelf

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Novelist Ian Shaw, founder of Deux Voiliers Publishing, the Ottawa Review of Books and the Prose in the Park Literary Festival, will take participants through alternative approaches to traditional publishing and experience in working with small presses. The presentation will cover a quick review of the three stages of editing (structural, copy-editing and proofreading); layout and book interior and cover design (how to lose the self-published look); options for printing (Createspace, IngramSpark, and local printers); distribution to bookstores direct (consignment) and through distributors; the basics of book promotion (back cover blurbs; book reviews; newspaper and magazine features; radio and TV interviews; literary festivals and literary awards). 



Age group

Adults 50-plus