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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FOPLA Donates to the Lac-M├ęgantic Library

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Photo: Radio-Canada

It was with great sadness that our library Friends association, employees of the Ottawa Public Library, and members of the Ottawa Public Library Board learned that Lac-Mégantic’s archives and library collection had been heavily damaged following the disastrous July 6th train derailment.

Recognizing the daunting task that awaits the town in rebuilding their archives and collections before the opening of their new library, FOPLA committed to supporting Lac-Mégantic in its revival.

In the interest of kinship with a fellow Friends group in the library community, FOPLA sent a cheque for $1000 to the Friends of the Lac-Mégantic Public Library. We hope that this donation will help allay the great task before them.


OPL Teen Tech Week Video Contest

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Photo: Rheal Doucette, OPL

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) celebrated Teen Tech Week from March 9-15, 2014. Throughout the week, OPL showcased the library's digital offerings such as: eBooks, blogs, online magazines, free downloadable music, the Teen Health and Wellness database, and the OPL app.

The week also saw the launch of the 4th Annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest, which our Friends group sponsors.

Local teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video on YouTube about their favourite book. Videos could be book trailers, parodies, reviews, dramatizations of favourite scenes, or anything related to the book of choice.

Winners were announced at the Awards Night & Video Screening at the Centrepointe Studio Theatre, which took place on Thursday, May 1st. The top 10 videos were showcased on the big screen and enjoyed by a room full of attendees!

View pictures of the evening on at OPL's Flickr gallery.

Watch this year’s contest winning videos below.

The 2014 top three finalists

1st Place: Nicolas d’Entremont (The Hardy Boys)

Winner of an Apple iPad and SAW Video package

2nd Place: Adrianna Chang (Speak)

Winner of a $150 Best Buy gift certificate and Saw Video t-shirt

3rd Place: Ashley Hannah George (The Giver)

Winner of a $75 gift certificate for Best Buy


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Book a time to browse our books

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Can’t wait until the next Mini-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. 

Greenboro Friends Used Book Sale

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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, August 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


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