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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We’re Helping Students on Their Way to Library Careers!


The Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) created a bursary through the Algonquin College Foundation 2011. Each year since its establishment a student in the Library and Information Technician program in his or her second semester and in financial need is awarded $1000 from our bursary to help ease the financial strain of tuition and study materials. In recognition of the great value our volunteers bring to our organization, recipients must also demonstrate community volunteerism in the past year.  

Here, we share some letters of thanks from recent recipients.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for this bursary. Thank you so much! It is with great relief that I accept this assistance with paying for my studies. This bursary relieves a great amount of stress for me. This generosity will allow me to truly focus on my studies so that I may succeed. I feel one step closer to reaching my dreams of working in the library field.


Alexandra Vantyghem

I would like to thank you for your generosity. I have been really enjoying the LIT program here at Algonquin. I can’t believe that I’m halfway to my dream job. Financial worries and stress can hinder success. Thank you so much for helping to relieve some of these worries. 

Crystal McCrossin

Thank you for selecting me as one of the students receiving the bursary for this semester! The bursary will be put to good use for the rest of the semester!

Thank you,

Kara Seguin

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.

FOPLA Books Find New Homes in Guatemala


In February our volunteers at the James Bartleman Centre collected excess Spanish books to sell 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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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, October 3rd
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Monthly Mammoth book sale!


Our mammoth sized book sale in a monthly format 

Next sale:

Saturday, October 17
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

Second Editions Anniversary: Half Price Sale


Second Editions, the bookstore at the Nepean/Centrepointe branch, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, October 3rd with a half price 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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