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

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 or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document

Enter to win amazing prizes from the Region of Halton!

Being prepared for an emergency is SO important, especially during winter months. Test your knowledge on emergency preparedness to win amazing prizes from the Region of Halton – there’s something for adults and kids! Simply visit an Oakville Public Library branch between January 19 – February 17 and fill out an entry form, listing 3 items you should always have on hand in case of an emergency. Contest closes Tuesday, February 17. Winners will be contacted on Friday, February 20. Please read the rules and regulations before entering. Know the Risks, make a plan and stay safe this winter! For information related to cold weather safety visit Halton Region’s Emergency Preparedness website. For information on preventing cold weather-related injuries, click here.

Contest Rules & Regulations:

1. You must be an Oakville Public Library cardholder to be eligible.
2. You must be over 18 years of age to enter.
3. You must submit your ballot fully at a library branch by Tuesday, February 17 to be eligible.
4. Only one entry per library cardholder.
5. Oakville Public library employees, family members of employees, volunteers and family members of volunteers are not eligible.

Grand Prize:

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- 72 hour emergency preparedness kit from Canadian Red Cross*
- 2 plush owl puppets (Barn & Snow!)
- Adorable owl mug
- ‘Hoot Owl Hoot’ board game
- Set of 3 Owls for Climate Change books published by Region of Halton*
- Memory Game card set*

*asterisk denotes items that will be listed as secondary prizes. 14 secondary prizes will be awarded!

More about Halton Region’s third book in its climate change owls series, Ka-Pow to Powerjams:

Biff, Tyto, and Alba-Alba are getting ready for visitors from the far north and are excited about taking them snowboarding. Together, they tidy their tree-trunk hollow without giving much thought to their energy use. After their guests arrive, a power failure during a winter storm delays their snowboarding plans. This gives the owls a chance to learn some valuable lessons about the importance of using energy wisely and preparing for emergencies.

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

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 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.

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

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  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

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.

SMS notification method now available

On September 30, 2013, Oakville Public Library introduced a new notification method for your holds and overdue items. Besides the already existent email, phone and print notification methods,  it is now possible to receive text message notifications on your cellular device. The service is free of charge. If you wish to switch to SMS notifications, please ask for this service at the circulation desk of your branch the next time you visit and make sure you provide your cell phone number.

Please note: Only one notification method per library account is possible at this time. Example: If you switch to the SMS notification method you will no longer receive e-mail notices.

New Enviro-packs added (March 2014) – fun-filled environmental awareness kits!

Last April, Enviro-packs were added to our Bookpack collections at all 6 Oakville Public Library branches. In partnership with the Town of Oakville Environmental Policy Department, these packs were created to provide kids with fun, easy to use activities and information on local wildlife, recycling, wise energy use and climate change. Much of the material contained in the colorful, whimsical back packs is produced by the Town of Oakville and the Region of Halton. These kits provide resources and activities for kids to learn about Oakville’s environment and share ideas about how to support the earth we live on. Puppets, activity sheets, books and other surprises are contained within; they are suitable for kids, families and educators.

This March, two new Enviro-packs will be available. Stay tuned for the reveal!

To borrow one of these great learning kits, check one out at your local branch! Ask a staff member or check their availability by searching our catalogue for “Enviro-packs”.

Cessation of Interlibrary Loan Service from Library and Archives Canada

Important Update

Due to budget cuts, Library and Archives Canada has informed all public libraries that they will stop their Interlibrary Loan service effective December 11, 2012.

This means that Oakville Public Library will no longer be able to acquire any material on Interlibrary Loan from this institution. Library and Archives Canada is working to digitize its content so users can have access electronically. Oakville Public Library will do its best to locate material previously held at Library and Archives Canada from alternative sources. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information please visit the Library and Archives Canada website.