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

FOPLA Books Find New Homes in Guatemala


In February our volunteers at the James Bartleman Centre collected excess Spanish books to donate to the Guatemala Stove Project (GSP), a charity that enables girls in Guatemala to continue their education. A GSP volunteer, Janet Allan, shared, “I have distributed the 210 books and they were appreciated everywhere. We have a special partner in Xela and her three daughters were delighted to get a storybook. Five schools received about forty books where no fiction books are available. We also gave a few "private" books which we gave to each of our special bursary students."

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FOPLA's 2014 Contributions

Latest Events

Monthly Mammoth book sale!


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

Next sale:

Saturday, August 22
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

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, August 1st
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Relax & Read Summer Book Sale

This summer, Buy 3 Get 1 Free at the Main branch bookstore, 120 Metcalfe

Richmond Bookstore Looking for a Name


Our volunteers at the Richmond library branch have launched a book sale operation with a competition inviting local residents to suggest a name for their new book store. The entrant whose bookstore name is selected will win a “bagful of bestsellers” (for an adult) or a lunch bag of books (for a child), including stationary items. We look forward to having a new creative bookstore name to add to our collection.

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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