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“The Ottawa Public Library is one of our gems. On a small budget it reaches thousands and improves the lives of everyone in the community. Keep up the excellent work!” 

Message from an OPL customer

When you donate to OPL, you’re opening up more books to readers, more access to computers for users, and more opportunities for your neighbours.  Together we can build community and transform lives. There are many ways you can support your Ottawa Public Library.  

  • You can choose to make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor. Giving on a monthly basis is a great way to help plan your support of OPL by spreading it out over the year and gives a OPL reliable source of support with less administration work. 

    Did you know that for every $1 dollar invested in OPL, almost $4 more are created? 

  • Making a tribute gift to OPL is a great way to recognize a milestone, like a birthday, anniversary or graduation, in the life of your favourite reader. Recognize a reader now.

    Remember the life of someone special by making a gift in their memory. You can choose to share a message of condolence with family members or friends. Remember a life lived.

  • You can make a financial or book donation at any of our 33 branches as well as our Bookmobile stops.

    Did you know that books donated at OPL branches are sent to FOLPA for their fundraising efforts, in keeping with OPL’s Content Services Framework?

  • If you prefer to make a donation by cheque and send by mail, please include all your contact information so that we may send you our thanks and a charitable tax receipt for your donation.

    You can mail your gift to:

    Ottawa Public Library
    120 Metcalfe St.
    Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M2

    Did you know OPL eliminated late fees in 2021? This helps remove barriers for customers and increase access to the Library.

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

    FOPLA supports OPL through fundraising and advocacy; they raise funds primarily through five bookstores, more than 20 self-serve book shelves, and specialty sales including their popular monthly Mammoth 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

    Did you know that books donated at OPL branches are sent to FOLPA for their fundraising efforts, in keeping with OPL’s Content Services Framework?

  • Volunteering requires enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to help others. Learn more about volunteering with OPL here.