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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Way to go!

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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!

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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


A Worthy Investment

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Photo: Doublespace Photography

Three years ago we made a commitment to make three annual donations of $33,000 to the Ottawa Public Library, earmarked for the grand expansion and renovation of the city’s third busiest branch. The Beaverbrook branch grew from 9,000 square feet to 24,000 and now that the Beaverbrook branch has reopened to the public in the summer of 2014, we get to see how our dollars have contributed to the new space. 

Our Friends’ group’s donation was put to use in the children’s area of the library, purchasing picture book shelving, a ‘reading, play, and display’ wall, an interactive story time tree trunk, wall art, and interactive panels. 

Librarians imagined a children’s space filled with learning activities, and the architect created the early learning space to meet their needs. 


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St. Laurent branch, Summer Used Book Sale

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Quality kids' & adult books. Big ART BOOK sale! Also DVDs, CDs, etc. Cash/debit/credit.

St. Laurent branch: 515 Côté Street, Ottawa

Saturday, June 6th
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 


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, June 6th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Monthly Mammoth book sale!

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

Next sale:

Saturday, June 20
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)


Emerald Plaza June Book Sale


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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