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 Good Read has moved... but not far

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Our FOPLA used book store, "A Good Read," in the Stittsville branch library has moved. If you're looking for books for a bargain, walk straight ahead to the back wall of the main branch area.  

The new location features several new categories for your perusal, including a shelving extension featuring Youth and Teen topics.


FOPLA Donates to the Lac-Mégantic Library

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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.


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Latest Events

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, October 4
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


You’re Invited to the Launch

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At 6:30 p.m. on October 7, 2014 the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) will hold the official launch of pot-pourri 2014 in the Auditorium of the Main Library branch of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe).

FOPLA kindly requests your attendance to this exciting event where Ottawa’s youngest literary talent will be recognized and celebrated.

This is the eighth edition of pot-pourri, a bilingual anthology of the winning poems and short stories from the Awesome Authors 2014 Youth Writing Contest, a competition open to Ottawa residents ages 9-17.


St-Laurent FALL SALE côté

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St. Laurent Branch, 515 Coté

Saturday, September 27
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Used books for kids and adults, DVDs, CDs, etc.


Book a time to browse our books

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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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