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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups

    28/05/2020

    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. 

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    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.

Friends of the Public Library

The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) is a fundraising group that work to support and promote the services of the Ottawa Public Library. Run by dedicated volunteers, FOPLA helps the Ottawa Public Library meet its goal of creating a strong library community in Ottawa.

FOPLA sells donated used books in 5 volunteer-run book stores and over 20 self-serve book stalls in library branches across the city, and also at a monthly Mammoth Used Book sale. FOPLA is proud to provide over $250,000 annually to the Ottawa Public Library for services and materials not covered by the municipal budget.

All library customers are welcome to join FOPLA through annual membership ($20 per Individual), or as part of their growing volunteer team. FOPLA is always looking for new, enthusiastic friends to help support their fundraising efforts. Volunteering with FOPLA is also an excellent way for secondary students to complete the 40 hours of community involvement required to graduate in Ontario. For more information on FOPLA, or to complete a volunteer application, please go to www.fopla-aabpo.ca.