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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Awesome Authors Award Winners Announced!


The Ottawa Public Library's contest for aspiring young poets and short story writers between the ages of 9 and 17 brought in 447 submissions this year! Judges, JC Sulzenko,  Michel Lavoie, and Tudor Robins made their way through hundreds of poems and stories in French and English, whittling down to 49 winners who, they felt, produced the most impressive works.

On March 25th over 300 people crowded the Chamber at Ben Franklin Place to see the winners announced. Young writers and their parents, grandparents, siblings, and best friends filled the seats to find out who had won. View photos.

Judges announced the winners in the categories they judged, and treated the audience to an excerpt from each winning text. There were some returning winners and some new faces, but all of the Awesome Authors who received awards grinned from ear to ear.

The winning writers' works will be featured in the Friends'  next edition of pot-pourri. The anthology will be available in October, so be sure to join us for the book launch to purchase your copy and see for yourself how incredible Ottawa's young authors' talent can be. If you want to guarantee a copy, you can also pre-order now.

Our First Look at the New West District Library

Heather Murphy, FOPLA Volunteer Local Committee Representative - Kanata

On March 6th, Richard Stark, Manager of Library Facilities and Development, conducted a tour of Ottawa’s new West District Library for members of the Library Board and senior Library staff. “It was very exciting.  We were all very impressed,” commented Heather Murphy, Kanata Local Committee Representative for FOPLA, “It's finally starting to feel real.” 

Construction of the West District Library is right on schedule and the library is expected to open to the public in August 2014.  Located in the same space as the old Beaverbrook Branch at the John G. Mlacak Centre complex, it will serve the far west end of Ottawa which includes Kanata, Carp, Stittsville, and West Carleton. FOPLA has contributed $100,000 for the West District library.  “I'm not sure exactly how Donna [Donna Clark, Manager of the West District Library] will spend it, but I know she has great plans for it,” said Murphy, “Watch this space for further details.” 

FOPLA will have a volunteer-run bookstore at the West District Library, much like our stand-alone bookstores at the Cumberland, Greenboro, Nepean/Centrepointe, and Main library branches.  To operate effectively, the bookstore will need a team of at least 25 volunteers.  “We have a few people who have expressed interest, but we will need a lot more. The more people we can get involved, the more support we will be able to provide to the Library,” Murphy noted.  

If you are interested in volunteering, please check out the Volunteer section of our website and fill out an application.

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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, May 3
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Mini-Mammoth book sale!


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

Next sale:

Saturday, April 12
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

Rockcliffe Park Spring Book Sale!


10,000+ donated books at bargain prices!

Collectors’ table, CDs, DVDs, videos and vinyl!


Saturday, April 12: 10-6 

Sunday, April 13: 11-5

Rockcliffe Park Community Hall,

380 Springfield Road, Ottawa


In support of the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library 

Cash and cheques only, please


Event sponsors:

Joan and Brian, McGarry Family Chapels,  Minto Beechwood, The Rockcliffe Retirement Residence

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