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 Worthy Investment

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. 

Eighth Edition of pot-pourri Launched with New Cover Designed by Local Pre-Teen


Photos: John Major

On October 7th, in front of an audience of largely family and friends, six young writers read their published poems and short stories (three in English, three in French), giving attendees a hint of the writing skill exhibited in pot-pourri 2014. Now in its eighth year, the pot-pourri anthology features the winning poems and short stories from this year's Ottawa Public Library Awesome Authors youth writing contest. 

Twenty-two of the 49 authors featured in the collection joined us for the celebration and book reading. This year's pot-pourri launch also brought with it the excitement of a new cover, designed by the winner of this year’s pot-pourri Cover Design Contest, 11 year-old Ariana Nezhat Pritha. Her vibrant drawing features a potpourri of shapes and colours. The design beautifully captures the spirit of the anthology.

Support budding talent and fill out our order form to order a copy of pot-pourri today. All money raised from the sale of pot-pourri is used to support the Ottawa Public Library and the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest. Books can be purchased for $12.95 (no tax). Makes a great gift for teachers and family members of Awesome Author winners!

2015 submissions to the Awesome Authors contest will be accepted  by the Ottawa Public Library until February 2015, so please encourage aspiring writers between the ages of 9 and 17 to send in their writing. Perhaps their works will be featured in next year's edition of pot-pourri.

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FOPLA's 2014 Contributions

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Notice: Special General Meeting Saturday, March 7

We will hold a Special General Meeting open to all FOPLA members on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium at the Main Library (120 Metcalfe Street) to approve a motion to retain Collins Barrow’s auditing services.

Each FOPLA member has a right to vote by proxy. If you are not able to attend the meeting in person, please complete the proxy form and send it to the secretary of FOPLA at the address shown on the form.

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, March 7
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Rockcliffe Park Book Sale

10,000 + donated books at bargain prices!

Collectors’ table, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl!

Rockcliffe Park Community Hall, 380 Springfield Road, Ottawa
Saturday, April 11
10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 12
11 am – 5pm

Cash and cheques only please!

Proceeds support the Rockcliffe Park Branch of the Ottawa Public Library

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Monthly Mammoth book sale!


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

Next sale:

Saturday, February 21st
10 am to 2 pm

At the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre

(100 Tallwood Drive)

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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