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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.

Because all madcap stories should feature an elephant


"The 100 year old man who jumped out a window and disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson might have been a book published from 2012, but it remains ridiculously popular in 2013. At the time of writing this post, there were 609 people waiting on the regular copy, 56 waiting on the audiobook, 79 waiting on the Large Print copy, and another 195 waiting on one of the ebook copies!! This was definitely one of my favourite reads from 2013 and I've raved about this book to my friends and family.


Allan Karlsson decides to bunk off from his nursing home on the evening of his 100th birthday. Escaping in his slippers, he sets off, meeting a wild cast of characters (including the aforementioned elephant). You also discover his back story, where Karlsson learned all about munitions which leads him to help create the atom bomb. Although Karlsson has no interest in politics or religion, he manages to land himself in some of the most political charged events of the 20th century.  You meet Stalin, Mao Zedong, De Gaulle and Churchill, among many others, and see Karlsson get into one ridiculous scrape after another. Many have compared this story to Forrest Gump, but I found this story to be far funnier and definitely crazier without the saccharine sentiment you see in Forrest Gump. You'll be pressed to find a more madcap adventure this year.