Downtown Oakville gets new credit card machines in lots and extended on-street parking times

September 24th, 1999

Visitors to Central Branch who park in Lot #10 now have the ability to pay-by-plate and park for 3 hours at a time. Please see the Town of Oakville’s memorandum below regarding the changes or visit www.oakville.ca for more information. If you have comments, questions or would like to provide feedback regarding pay-by-plate parking, please contact Parking Operations – Engineering and Construction at the Town of Oakville via (905) 338-4394.

Starting September 9, 2014, two changes to parking in downtown Oakville will make it more convenient and efficient for anyone shopping, dining or visiting the area.

“These parking upgrades are just the start of facilitating even easier and more convenient access to all of the worthwhile experiences downtown Oakville has to offer,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Earlier this year, Council and I asked residents and businesses for their input on improving parking in downtown Oakville. We listened and we’re making changes.”

The first change includes replacing all existing pay and display machines in downtown municipal lots (including Kerr Village), with more convenient and efficient pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. You no longer need to display a ticket on the dashboard of your car, simply enter your licence plate, pay and go.

“Pay-by-plate machines are very convenient,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction for the town. “For right now, these new machines will only be in the municipal lots, but in the spring, we will be converting all on-street machines to these pay-by-plate as well.”

Cozzi added that you just need to make sure you know your licence plate number to use the machine. His trick is to take a photo of your plate with your smart phone.

The second change extends the on-street parking time to three hours from its current two-hour limit starting September 9. All on-street parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be updated by the end of September. The extended three-hour parking will allow visitors to stay a little longer. All machines on the streets and in the lots will accept credit cards and coins. The cost to park on the street in downtown Oakville is now $2 per hour except along Water Street which remains at $1 per hour, and parking lots remain at $1.50 an hour.

In early 2015 the town will be making additional parking changes downtown that include improving parking and directional signage to make it easier to find parking locations, and introducing 20-minute quick stop parking spaces throughout downtown.

A detailed map of on-street parking areas, municipal lots and information on how to use the new pay-by-plate machines are available on the Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

Why do you love your library? Share with us: #lovemyopl.

September 22nd, 2000

Do you have a favourite program or service? How has the library impacted you or your family? We want to hear about it!

Libraries are a reflection of the communities they serve. That’s why we’re asking you to share your story with us; to help tell our tale. Using the #lovemyopl hashtag, tell us what OPL means to you by tweeting us or tagging us on Facebook or Instagram! As Public Library Month approaches (October), we’re looking forward to some great community conversations!

Disclaimer: Customers who share their story using the #lovemyopl hasthag are granting OPL a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such material for the purpose of promoting and publicizing the library. In most cases, OPL will only use this material on its website and within its program guide, but OPL reserves the right to also use this material in other ways, such as in promotional materials created about the library. Customers are also granting OPL the right to contact them to seek further details about their library experience. By submitting your story or testimonial, you agree that OPL may use your content for these purposes without consultation. If you are not willing to grant OPL these rights, please do not contribute to the #lovemyopl project. Of course, OPL always welcomes feedback about customer experiences; if at any time you wish to submit feedback, testimonials or comments, please fill out a Customer Feedback form at any library branch or fill out the online form, accessible here.

The TD Every Child Ready to Read First Concert

October 6th, 2000

This year we are celebrating a bit differently. The Last Polar Bears, based on the book from Harry Horse, is a funny, moving story of a grandfather’s unlikely trip to the Arctic with his opinionated dog, Roo. This performance by RAG and BONE Puppet Theatre features live action, live music and puppets – including 20 knitted penguins and of course, a talking dog. Presented in partnership with the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

Age: All Ages
Cost: Free/Ticket required
Date: Wednesday, November 5 from 2:00 – 2:45pm
Location: Glen Abbey Community Centre Gymnasium
Tickets available at all branches and online starting Monday, October 6, 2014.

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.