As advocates of a strong public library system we raise over $250,000 each year for library materials and services not covered by the regular municipal budget, with most funds coming from the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves in library branches, and specialty book sales run by volunteers.

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A new cover for pot-pourri!


Congratulations to Milong Wang, winner of our pot-pourri cover design contest!

Milong's drawing will be used as inspiration for the cover of pot-pourri 2015 and Milong will be credited for the cover design on the back cover of the book.

Way to go!


This April the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) thanked the Friends volunteers who work so hard at in the Goulbourne Rideau Local Committee, which includes the Stittsville, Manotick, and North Gower library branches, to support the OPL system. 

Local volunteers raised $15,349.43 for OPL in 2014. Way to go!

A Blog Post from a Book Sale Fan!

Photo: Maple Books

There's a large community of bibliophiles across the city, and our Monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale is a regular haunt for those looking for special gems to add to their book collections. We were delighted to find a blog post celebrating our book sales from one such fan.

Read it here: The Mini-Mammoth, the Eight Books and the Guilty Loonie

A Worthy Investment

Photo: Doublespace Photography

Three years ago we made a commitment to make three annual donations of $33,000 to the Ottawa Public Library, earmarked for the grand expansion and renovation of the city’s third busiest branch. The Beaverbrook branch grew from 9,000 square feet to 24,000 and now that the Beaverbrook branch has reopened to the public in the summer of 2014, we get to see how our dollars have contributed to the new space. 

Our Friends’ group’s donation was put to use in the children’s area of the library, purchasing picture book shelving, a ‘reading, play, and display’ wall, an interactive story time tree trunk, wall art, and interactive panels. 

Librarians imagined a children’s space filled with learning activities, and the architect created the early learning space to meet their needs. 

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FOPLA's 2014 Contributions

Latest Events

Greenboro Friends Used Book Sale


By the Book, a used bookstore and cafe operated by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), is holding its monthly half-price book sale at 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr.

Drop by for great buys on hundreds of books (most under $2).

Saturday, July 4th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Monthly Mammoth book sale!


Our mammoth sized book sale in a monthly format (September - May)

Next sale:

Saturday, June 20
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

Emerald Plaza June Book Sale

Book a time to browse our books


Can’t wait until the next Mammoth sale to find a good book?

Visit us by appointment any weekday! We have thousands of books for you to peruse.

Just call our volunteers at (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875 to arrange a time to visit.

James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Dr. - Room 149

FOPLA is a non-profit group that supports Ottawa’s public libraries. If you visit us by appointment we ask that you make a $5 minimum donation, which will be credited toward your purchase. 

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