Teen Photography Contest

June 12th, 2004

That’s right. We’re holding our first ever Teen Photography Contest and you won’t want to miss it! From Wednesday, July 2 – Monday, September 1 at 11:59pm, we’ll be accepting digital photographs from students in grades 7-12. Entries will be accepted over the summer and judged by a panel of award-winning photographers. Excitingly, winners will be announced at a special evening event in  September!

Teen Photography Contest Theme, Rules & Regulations

Teen Photography Contest Photo Consent Form

Teen Photography Contest Online Entry Form

If you require an alternate format of the Teen Photography Contest Theme, Rules & Regulations or Entry Form document, please contact our Teen Services Librarian at TeenLibrarian@oakville.ca.

IMPORTANT: Cancellation of pre-overdue e-mail notices from BiblioCommons

December 18th, 2005

Regrettably, as of December 31, 2013, the provider of these e-mail notifications, BiblioCommons, will be discontinuing the service as they work towards developing a broader, more reliable notification system. As a result it will no longer be available to Oakville Public Library customers.

We are looking for other reliable options to provide this reminder service as we know that it is valuable to you.

In the interim, there are many ways to manage your library account and keep track of when your books are due.    

· Date due slips will continue to be printed when you check out materials that indicate when items are due back.

· Call (905) 815-5996 to renew items or check due dates via our automated telephone renewal line.

· Ask a staff member to check your account for you the next time you stop in or call any Oakville Public Library branch.

· You can check due dates, place holds, create reading lists and review checked out items right from your mobile device using our OPL to Go mobile app. It is available for iPhone and Android devices.

· Another alternative is to log in to our website at www.opl.ca.  From there you can also review your account, check due dates, manage your holds and see what is new at OPL from your computer or tablet.
We do apologize for any inconvenience this discontinuance may cause and hope you will explore our digital account management platforms going forward.

Should you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact: Susan Kun, Manager, Branch Support at (905) 815-2042 ext. 5141

New Chair and Vice Chair for the Oakville Public Library Board

October 1st, 2006

On Thursday, November 28, 2013 the elections for the 2014 Oakville Public Library Board took place.

Eric Sutherland was elected Chair, Oakville Public Library Board. He previously held the role of Vice Chair, Oakville Public Library Board.

Eric Sutherland has lived in Oakville since 2007 and holds a Bachelor and Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

 Eric has spent most of his professional career at TD Bank where he has held a variety of roles. Most recently he has focused on implementing improved business practices, controls and project management.

Adrian Paris was elected Vice Chair, Oakville Public Library Board.

Adrian is a recent graduate of the Corporate Communications program of Sheridan College. His entrepreneurial spirit, and background in political science, has driven his passion to serve as an active volunteer for several local organizations, such as the United Way, Terry Fox Run and Santa Claus Parade.

Can’t find a specific non-print title? Q & A:

May 30th, 2008

Q: Why can’t I find some of my favorite titles in eBook format?

A. While Oakville Public Library is able to purchase most book titles in print, eBook availability is more limited. Not all publishers are currently selling digital copies to Canadian public libraries. This means that Oakville Public Library may have the hardcover or paperback edition of a book but not the eBook edition. Some eBooks made available to public libraries in the United States are not available to public libraries in Canada.

Oakville Public Library staff and affiliated professional bodies such the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Canadian Library Association are advocating to improve access to eBooks for all Canadian libraries, and progress is being made. We hope that you continue to enjoy the nearly 17,000 titles available to you now through our OverDrive service and encourage you to stay tuned for updates because the eBook marketplace is constantly evolving.

The Library keeps a record of all requested eBook and digital audiobook titles. If you do not see your request added to our online shelves, it may be due to the reasons above. Please continue to forward your suggestions here.

Adult Book Club

July 15th, 2008

Join us to discover and discuss a wide variety  of books with other book lovers!  Discussions are led by experienced library staff.  Don’t miss An Evening for Book Lovers on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 for your chance to vote on the titles to be read.

Open to those 18 and up, cost is $30 for six classes.  Two Book Clubs are available, one at the Central Branch on Monday nights and one at the White Oaks Branch on Thursday nights.  Meetings are held in October, November, January, February, March and April.  Each Club is limited to 20 people, so register through IRIS early!

Central Branch Book Club:
Monday, October 20, 2008 at 7:00pm, Course Code #100335

White Oaks Branch Book Club:
Thursday, October 23 at 7:00pm, Course Code #100336

Online Technology Tutorials

November 21st, 2008

Looking for technology-related help? Try an online tutorial to start:

In addition to educational programs such as ‘Tech Talks’ and free ‘Book a Tech Coach’ sessions, Oakville Public Library provides access to many technology-related resources. If you’re a visual learner, an online tutorial may be helpful!
GCFLearnFree.org provides free online tutorials suitable for learners of all abilities. You can use them to learn computer basics, brush up on Microsoft Office skills, become a savvy internet/social media user and gain new career skills.
Available 24/7, GCFLearnFree.org provides more than 90 tutorials and 1,000 lessons and videos, absolutely free. Examples include Apple products, Microsoft Office, Google, Internet Safety, Social Media and much more.

Start your online learning now  at  www.opl.ca Select ‘Interests’ and Online Tutorials.

Hoopla: Mobile Device User Guide

November 22nd, 2008

Register for Hoopla

  • Download the Hoopla Digital app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play
  • Open the app and press Sign Up, then select Oakville Public Library and enter your library card and your PIN number
  • Provide your e-mail address and a password

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Hoopla: Computer User Guide

November 23rd, 2008

Register for Hoopla

  • Visit www.hoopladigital.com and click Sign Up
  • Select Oakville Public Library and enter your library card and your PIN number
  • Provide your e-mail address and a password

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