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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Donating to United Way? You Can Give to Your Library!

The United Way Campaign is underway and people across the city are pledging to support much-needed services in our community. But did you know you can donate to any charity you wish, while still participating in the pledge drive?
If you are interested in donating to the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), you need only indicate your desire when asked where you would like your donated dollars to be directed. There is an option on the pledge form that reads, “I want to designate my gift to another registered Canadian charity.” Simply select that option and fill in Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association and our registered charity number: 119234193RR0001. It’s as easy as that!

FOPLA donates over $250,000 each year to the Ottawa Public Library to purchase library furnishings and materials and sponsor services not covered by the regular municipal budget. Most funds are raised through the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves in library branches, and specialty book sales run by volunteers (such as our Monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre). But we also rely on donations and membership applications from library supporters throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about how our Friends group supports the Ottawa Public Library, visit our website:

Ninth Edition of pot-pourri Launched with New Cover Designed by Local Pre-Teen


Photos: Natalie Wilson,

On October 22nd, in front of an audience of largely family and friends, six young writers read their published poems and short stories (three in English, three in French), giving attendees a hint of the writing skill exhibited in pot-pourri 2015. Now in its ninth year, the pot-pourri anthology features the winning poems and short stories from this year's Ottawa Public Library Awesome Authors youth writing contest. 

Twenty-five of the 51 authors featured in the collection joined us for the celebration and book reading. We also revealed a new cover, designed by the winner of this year’s pot-pourri Cover Design Contest, Milong Wang. Support budding talent and fill out our order form to order a copy of pot-pourri

2016 submissions to the Awesome Authors contest will be accepted  by the Ottawa Public Library until February 2016, so please encourage aspiring writers between the ages of 9 and 17 to send in their writing. Perhaps their works will be featured in next year's edition of pot-pourri.

See photos from the event

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Monthly Mammoth book sale!


Our mammoth sized book sale in a monthly format 

Next sale:

Saturday, November 21
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

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. Unfortunately for safety reasons children are not permitted in Room 149.

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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