FOPLA gifts to the Ottawa Public Library

Since 2003, we’ve given more than $3 million to the Ottawa Public Library. Check out the list below for highlights of the latest items purchased by the Ottawa Public Library with FOPLA donations, and for our total donations by year.


2017 gifts

  • Funds for programming about residential schools in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action

  • Sponsored OPL Canada150 events, including the Dominion Day Strawberry Social

  • Sponsored the Awesome Authors Youth-Writing Contest for youth ages 9-17

  • Sponsored OPL’s Customer Appreciation event and bag giveaway

  • Teen programming support at St-Laurent Branch

  • Maker space equipment at the Cumberland Branch

  • Children’s program support at Manotick Branch and North Gower Branch

  • Refreshed Teen Zone at the Ruth E. Dickinson Branch

  • Early literacy interactive station and merchandising for the Elmvale Acres Branch

  • Furniture at the Orléans Branch

  • Furniture for the Children’s and Teen sections at the Stittsville Branch

  • Furniture and equipment for the Children’s Area at the Greenboro Branch

  • Furniture and equipment for the Children’s Area at the Greenboro Branch

  • Furniture for the Community Meeting Room at Beaverbrook Branch

  • New low, mobile shelving at Main Branch

  • Upgraded shelving at Carlingwood Branch and Hazeldean Branch

  • Branch refresh at Blackburn Hamlet Branch and North Gloucester Branch during RFID conversion

  • Shelving accessories at Fitzroy Harbour Branch

  • Stacking chairs for the Imagine Space and system-wide videogames for OPL’s collection

2016 gifts

  • Funds for Aboriginal programming across branches

  • Funds for older-adult programming across branches

  • Sponsored the Awesome Authors Youth-Writing Contest for youth ages 9-17

  • Art supplies to create a mural in the Alta Vista Branch

  • Art display rails for the Teen Space at the Beaverbrook Branch

  • Children’s board books for outreach programs to parents in vulnerable communities

  • Refreshed program room furniture and supplies at Blackburn Hamlet Branch

  • Programming equipment, supplies, and furniture at the Carlingwood Branch

  • Furniture and equipment to completely refresh the North Gower Branch

  • Furniture and equipment for the Children’s section at  the Manotick Branch

  • Furniture and equipment for the Teen Zone at the Greenboro Branch

  • Display furniture, chairs, and programming equipment for the Imagine Space at Nepean Centrepointe

  • New adult shelving at the Hazeldean Branch

  • Replacement of children’s shelving at the Carp Branch

  • Low sight-line, mobile shelving at Main Branch

  • Display cabinet and programming support at the Emerald Plaza Branch

  • Audio visual equipment for the Sunnyside Branch

  • Sponsored an open house event in partnership with York Street school at Rideau Branch

  • Sponsored a community-oriented open-house event at the St. Laurent Branch

2015 gifts

  • $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