As advocates of a strong public library system, we raise over $250,000 each year for materials and services not covered by the municipal budget through the operation of used bookstores, self-serve bookshelves, and book sales run by our volunteers.

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FOPLA celebrates some of Ottawa's talented young writers with the tenth-anniversary publication of pot-pourri

The Friends were thrilled to celebrate some of Ottawa's talented young writers with a recent event to launch the publication of pot-pourri 2016. This marks the tenth year that FOPLA has published pot-pourri, which features work by the winners of the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth-writing contest. This year’s winners were announced in March, and included over 50 talented youth between the ages of 9-17 from across Ottawa. 

The young authors were invited to the Main Library's Auditorium on October 26th, 2016 to celebrate their achievements with family and friends, and were each presented on-stage with a copy of the anthology.

Guests were treated to readings from several of the winning pieces, as well as words of encouragement from Chantal Cloutier (President of FOPLA), Danielle McDonald (CEO of the Ottawa Public Library), and Catherine Austen, who acted as both Judge for the Awesome Authors contest and Editor for this year's anthology. The evening was hosted by Philip Robert (Manager of OPL's St. Laurent, Vanier, Rockcliffe Park & Rideau Branches). 

FOPLA is proud to publish pot-pourri and sponsor the Awesome Authors youth-writing contest as part of their commitment to support OPL's programming and services. The 2017 Awesome Authors contest will open on December 1st, 2016. All would-be young authors are encouraged to go to OPL's website (www.biblioottawalibrary.ca) after that date for full details.  

Limited copies are still available for purchase. Email fopla@biblioottawalibrary.ca or call (613) 580-2424 x14383 for more details. (Image Credit: Bridget Delarosil).  

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FOPLA's Tallwood Facility once again accepting donations of used books

FOPLA's monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale

We're pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we are once again accepting donations of used books at our Tallwood Distribution Centre located at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre (100 Tallwood Drive, Nepean). 

Due to ongoing space limitations, we ask that our donors please limit the quantity of their donation at Tallwood to 10 small boxes or less per appointment. Please refer to our donation guidelines for more information on what materials we accept, or call (613) 580-2424 ext.27875 to make a donation appointment. Donors must have an appointment to make a donation at our Tallwood Facility.   

If you have a small donation of used books to make to FOPLA, donations of two small boxes or less can always be dropped off at your closest Ottawa Public Library branch. We thank all our donors for their continued support. For questions, please email fopla@biblioottawalibrary.ca or call (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875. 


Former FOPLA President Colin Plows is awarded the Ottawa Public Library's prestigious Order of Friendship for years of volunteer service

Mr. Colin Plows received the Order of Friendship Award

The Friends are very pleased to congratulate former Board President and long-time FOPLA volunteer Colin Plows, who was awarded the Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) Order of Friendship award on October 11th. 

The prestigious award, which is bestowed by the Ottawa Public Library Board, recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions by individuals, groups, or associations that improve OPL’s ability to deliver services and programming to the community.

“It was a surprise and tremendous honour to receive this recognition by the OPL Board,” said Mr. Plows. “However, if I succeeded at all during my time as President it was only because I had the support and remarkable hard work of my fellow board members. We have worked as a tight-knit, cohesive team and supported each other every step of the way. Any success we have achieved is a shared success.” 

Since joining FOPLA as a Local Committee Representative for Cumberland-Orléans in 2010, Mr. Plows has demonstrated outstanding dedication to FOPLA’s advocacy and fundraising efforts for the benefit of the Ottawa Public Library. After becoming President of FOPLA’s Board of Directors in 2011, Mr. Plows helped strengthen FOPLA’s organizational structure, increased membership recruitment, and introduced strategic planning that raised FOPLA’s annual average contributions to OPL by more than 10 per cent.     

Mr. Plows is also esteemed for his ability to be creative and collaborative in his interactions with volunteers, other FOPLA Board members, and OPL staff and stakeholders. His commitment has helped ensure that FOPLA’s work will align with OPL initiatives for many years to come, and continue to strengthen Ottawa’s public library community. 

Mr. Plows is a retired naval officer who holds a Bachelor of Science, Physics and Physical Oceanography. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) and the Golden Jubilee Medal for the Order of Military Merit (2009). The Order of Friendship was presented during the OPL Board meeting on October 11, 2016. 


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FOPLA's 2015 contributions to the Ottawa Public Library

•  $6,500 worth of e-books for OPL
•  Outreach to Ottawa's Aboriginal community
•  Older adult programs including the 50+ Short Story Contest
•  Sponsored Awesome Authors Contest
•  Teen programs including Teen Exam Cram, Teen Advisory Group Day, and Teen Author Fest
•  Refreshed furniture for the expanded Constance Bay Branch
•  Completed shelving renewal project at Vanier Branch
•  Furnishing and programming supplies to improve children’s spaces
•  New shelving for the magazine collection at North Gloucester Branch
•  Shelving to improve parenting space at Cumberland Branch
•  New display and shelving units for DVDs at Carlingwood and Greenboro Branches
•  New shelving at Main and Ruth E. Dickinson Branches
•  Supplies to start the FOPLA Chess Club for Youth at Beaverbrook Branch

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Programs and materials FOPLA funded in 2015 include:

·         $6,500 worth of e-books for the OPL collection

·         Outreach to the Aboriginal community of Ottawa

·         Older adult programs, including the 50+ Short Story contest plus music and art programs

·         Awesome Authors writing contest for youth

·         Teen programs, including Teen Exam Cram, Teen Advisory Group Day, and Teen Author Fest

·         Refreshed furniture for the expanded Constance Bay branch

·         Completed shelving renewal project at Vanier branch

·         Furnishing and programming supplies to improve children’s spaces

·         New shelving for the magazine collection at North Gloucester branch

·         Shelving to improve parenting space at Cumberland branch

·         New display and shelving units for DVDs at Carlingwood and Greenboro branches

·         New shelving at Main and Ruth E. Dickinson branches

·         Supplies to start the FOPLA Chess Club for Youth at Beaverbrook branch

Latest Events

Holiday Sales Events at FOPLA

Holiday Gifts

Find gently used gifts for family and friends this season at many of FOPLA's used book locations! Holiday-themed cookbooks, craft books, children's books, CDs, DVDs, best-sellers and more in English and French. Prices start at just ¢0.50 and up

November 25th - December 16th
Encore Orléans (1705 Orléans Blvd)

From December 3
Bibliophile St. Laurent (515 Coté St)

From December 1
Dusty Jackets Elmvale Acres
(1910 St. Laurent Blvd)

From December 1
Twice Told Tales Emerald Plaza
(1547 Merivale Rd)

From December 1
Coral's Corner North Gower
(6579 Fourth Line Rd)


Monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale

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Don't miss our monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale for great deals on all your favourite genres! 

Next Sale:
Saturday, December 10
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre
(100 Tallwood Drive)


Book a Time to Browse Our Books

Browse our Tallwood Distribution Centre

Can’t wait until the next Mammoth sale to find a good book? Book an appointment to browse our Tallwood Distribution Centre any weekday! 

Call (613) 580-2424 ext. 27875 to schedule an appointment today. For safety reasons, please note that children are not permitted to browse our Tallwood Distribution Centre.

James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre
(100 Tallwood Drive, Room 149)

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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