Drop-In Holiday Family Storytimes

November 24th, 1990

It’s the holidays, so drop in for a festive storytime featuring fun music, stories and rhymes. Let’s celebrate the season with our neighbours and friends!

Central: Monday, December 7th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

White Oaks Branch: Monday, December 7th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Glen Abbey Branch: Tuesday, December 8th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am and Friday, December 10th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Iroquois Ridge Branch: Tuesday, December 8th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Clearview Branch: Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Woodside Branch: Wednesday, December 9th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am


Brief service disruptions due to library software upgrade: Dec 7-10

November 26th, 1990

Oakville Public Library is in the process of transitioning to new borrowing and information management software (formally known as an integrated library system, or ILS). This transition will primarily affect library staff activities, as the software is used to access cardholder records, perform check outs and other functions related to library service.

In order to accommodate the migration of customer and catalogue data to the new software, certain Bibliocommons features will not be available from December 7-9. Furthermore, on December 10, all library branches will open at 1:00pm (except Clearview, which will open at 3:30pm as usual).

From December 7-9:
• cardholders will be able to log in to their accounts, but will not be able to place holds, suspend holds, renew items or check the status of their holds.
• cardholder accounts will be delayed in showing items as returned, as library materials cannot be checked in by staff while we transition to the new ILS software.
• the Oakville Public Library catalogue will be searchable, but item availability may not be accurate due to the migration of data from the old software to our new ILS.
• library items can still be checked out, but only from the branch where the available item is located (since no holds can be placed, items cannot be sent to alternate branches for pickup). Please remember that item availability may be inaccurate during this 3-day period.

Please note: As of December 7, borrowing history (e.g. recently returned items) will no longer be available for viewing in cardholder accounts. If users have opted-in to this feature previously, their borrowing history list will start again as of December 10. Recently returned items will be recorded in user accounts for a period of 6 months, before it resets. Any customer that would like to keep this record will either need to print it out or create a separate list titled ‘recently returned’ or ‘titles I’ve read’.

We apologize for any inconvenience these brief service disruptions may cause. We appreciate your patience as we transition to the new ILS software and look forward to serving you in the future. Should you have any questions whatsoever please contact oplreference@oakville.ca.

********* Oakville’s Christmas Sharing Guide *********

November 18th, 1997


Share the Christmas spirit and find ways to give back over the holiday season! NOTE: This list is updated as information becomes available.  


Volunteer Halton has volunteering opportunities for a wide range of local nonprofit organizations.

GET HELP: Free Community Dinners

Happy Festivus Dinner
For teens 13-19 years of age
An RSVP would be appreciated but not necessary.
Where: Bronte Youth Centre, 2296 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Fri. Dec.18, 2015

Salvation Army Christmas Dinner
A ticket is required to attend the dinner. A limited number of tickets will be available starting on Mon. Nov.30, 2015 at the Salvation Army Community Church office, 1225 Rebecca St.
When: Mon. Dec.14, 2015
Where: St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Rebecca St.
Contact: 905-827-5324 ext 22


Faith Baptist Church
Where: 1415 Trafalgar Rd. (directly across from Sheridan College)
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015 at 6 pm
Contact: 905-842-0938 or email office@faithoakville.ca to register


Calvary Fellowship Church
When: Fri. Dec.4, 2015
Where: Oak Park Community Centre, 2200 Sawgrass Dr.
Contact: 289-795-0365 or email Pat@calvaryoakville.ca to register

GIVE HELP: Food, Gift and Toy Drives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton
Donations of grocery food cards.
Call ahead to ensure someone is available to receive them.


Home Suite Hope
Donations of cash, grocery, gas or clothing gift cards, sponsor a child’s music lesson or sports program or the gift of your time to volunteer.
Where: Home Suite Hope, 484 Kerr St. (call ahead to ensure someone is there to receive them)
When: 9 am-5 pm until Mon. Dec.21, 2015
Contact: 905-339-2370 or visit the website for cash donations


Children of Christmas Past
Choose a tag from the gift tree which contains a senior’s Christmas gift wish. Purchase a gift, wrap it with the gift tag face up (showing senior’s name and gift request) and return the gift to the tree location. Gifts will be delivered on Christmas morning.
Where: Kicks for Kids, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Mon. Nov.16, 2015
Contact: 905-849-5437


Fareshare Food Bank
Donations of food or cash.
Where: 1240 Speers Rd, Unit 6
When: Tue. Dec. 1, 2015
* food donation bins also located in grocery stores during business hours
Contact: 905-847-3988



Food for Life Turkey Drive
Volunteers will ask shoppers to donate a turkey to Food for Life. The turkeys will be distributed through social service agencies.
Where: Real Canadian Superstore, 201 Oak Park Blvd. and Fortino’s, 173 Lakeshore Rd. W.
When: Sat Dec.12 and Sun Dec.13, 2015 from 9 am-5 pm
Contact: exdir@foodforlife.ca


Halton Regional Police Service Toys for Tots
Donations of new unwrapped toys, Canadian Tire money, cash or gift cards at various locations for distribution by the Salvation Army.
Where: Drop off at any police station or any Canadian Tire store, some TD bank branches and some Kerr Street businesses.
When: Fri. Nov.13 to Fri. Dec.18, 2015
Contact: HRPS at 905-825-4747 ext 5240


Halton Women’s Place
When: Mon. Dec.7 to Fri Dec.18, 2015
Contact: 905-332-1200 ext 244 for drop off location and times.


Kerr Street Mission
Donations of food or cash.


Oakville & Milton Humane Society
Monetary donations also welcome.


Oakville Professional Firefighters Association Christmas Toy Drive
Donate toys for infants, children and teens. Especially needed are gifts for infants and teens aged 12 and up.
Gift cards from local retail stores are also welcome.
Donations are distributed to local families and agencies including Kerr Street Mission, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Aid Society, Halton Women’s Shelter, and the Oakville Parent-Child Centre.
Where: starting at Oakville’s Santa Claus parade or drop off at any Oakville Fire station
When: Sat., Nov.21 until Dec.18, 2015
Contact: click on the link for more information and locations of fire stations.


Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Donations of food, cash or grocery gift cards, family Christmas food or gift hampers.


Safetynet Children and Youth Charities
Donations of food, clothing, toys or cash.


Salvation Army Oakville Community Church
Donations of food, cash or new unwrapped toys.


Salvation Army – Santa Shuffle: 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk:
Helps the Salvation Army of Oakville assist families and individuals at Christmas and throughout the year.
Where: Oakville Arena, 133 Rebecca St. (at Kerr St.)
When: Sat. Dec. 5, 2015 at 10 am
Contact: register at www.santashuffle.ca


Celebrate the Lights
Horse drawn wagon rides to enjoy the Christmas lights in the neighbourhood.
Enjoy Christmas carols, raffles and snacks with 100% of the proceeds to Easter Seals, Ontario to send children with disabilities to summer camp.
The event is free but participants are asked to make a donation.
Where: Sunningdale School, 1434 Oxford Dr.
When: Fri. Dec.18, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Contact: Elizabeth Polak 905-617-3556 or email elizabeth.polak@century21.ca


Shoebox Project for Shelters
Collects small gifts packaged in decorated shoeboxes for distribution to women in local shelters and others in need. Items can include jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, scarves, hats, gloves, gift cards (include the value and receipt if possible) as well as personal products. No candles, products containing alcohol, razors, Halloween candy, books or clothes that are sized.
Boxes must be unsealed and items must be unused and packaged and kept to a value of $50.
Where: Donations can be dropped off at:
Integra Tire, 616 York St.
Ellephysio, 232 South Service Rd. E.
The Lounge Salon, 154 Kerr St.
Palermo Village Dental, 2525 Old Bronte Rd. #290
When: Thu. Nov.12 to Fri Dec.11, 2015 * check locations websites for hours
Contact: Sandra 416-450-5904 or email Sandra@shoeboxtax.ca


Trees for Kids
Bring an unwrapped toy/gift-preferably for a teen and receive a Christmas tree. Toys donated to Oakville children, funds to Easter Seals
Where: Century 21, 467 Speers Rd.
When: Sat. Dec.5, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm
Contact: Hans Taal 905-845-9180 www.treesforkids.ca


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Oakville Public Library Bed Bug Prevention & Containment Policy

April 18th, 1999

Oakville Public Library has never received a complaint regarding bed bugs, nor has a sighting been reported. Even so, the library acknowledges that proactive inspections, staff training, promptly reporting sightings and destroying bed bugs immediately are the most important actions it can take toward mitigating bed bug problems. As bed bugs become increasingly more common in North American public spaces, Oakville Public Library employs a proactive approach to minimize the risk of their presence.

Oakville Public Library is committed to the providing a positive library experience for all of its customers as well as a safe working environment for its staff.  As part of this commitment the library has implemented a comprehensive and pro-active policy and procedure involving inspections of facilities by pest control professionals and training for staff on the identification and containment of bed bugs.

Prevention, Protocol and Procedures
All library staff are aware of procedures and protocol related to handling materials contaminated with bed bugs. In the event that a customer discovers bed bugs in borrowed materials, containment and proper handling is extremely important. Guidelines for customers who suspect bed bugs in library materials are available in this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Inspection Results

April 2015 Inspection Results
Central: Clear
Woodside: Clear
Glen Abbey: Clear
Iroquois Ridge: Clear
White Oaks: Clear
Clearview: Clear

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.

$1 fee applied to holds not picked up effective January 5, 2015

December 4th, 1999

As of January 5, 2015, a $1 fee will apply to items that are not picked up within the allotted 4-day pickup window. The fee is being implemented to provide more opportunities for cardholders to access library materials. Holds that aren’t picked up are a lost opportunity – time spent sitting on the shelf and in transit from branch to branch means that they aren’t being enjoyed by anyone.

There are many ways to manage your holds and avoid the accumulation of expired hold fees. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below should provide insight and answer any questions you may have. Should your enquiry not be addressed in the FAQ document, please feel free to e-mail us at oplreference@oakville.ca or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document

Online Account Updates

April 20th, 2001

If you have logged in to your library account recently, you may have noticed that there have been some changes to the look of your online account. Here is an outline of those changes. Please feel free to click any image on this page in order to enlarge it.

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Calibre Softwear and OverDrive

April 30th, 2001

Calibre softwear is not compatible with OverDrive DRM (Digital Rights Management). If you try to read OverDrive eBooks on Calibre it will give you an error message reading something like “Copy not allowed”. In order to read eBooks through OverDrive you will need to download Adobe Digital Editions Softwear, available for free through OPL.