As of July 7, 2020: All branches are open for contactless Library Takeout and library returns during limited hours of operation. OPL Express locations remain closed. Details

Oakville Public Library COVID-19 Response

In the interest of public safety and to align with the recreation facility closures announced by the Town of Oakville, all branches, book drops and OPL Express locations remain closed, with the exception of contactless holds pickup and book returns available at select branches.

Library Takeout: Contactless Holds Pickups & Returns

As of July 7, all OPL branches will offer Library Takeout for contactless holds pickups and the ability to return borrowed library materials, during limited hours of operation. Learn more about these services.


Need a library card?

If you live, work or study in Oakville and don’t have an OPL library card – we can help! We’re offering a new way to register for a library card, so you can still access our digital collections from the comfort of your own home.*

Select one option:

  • Send us an email at oplreference@oakville.ca and include “Card Registration” in the subject line; or
  • Call us at 905-815-2039 and leave a voicemail with your card registration request, including your name and phone number.

Please allow 48 hours to process your registration.

*Currently, this library card provides access to OPL’s digital collections. Once the library resumes regular operations, we can provide you with a full-access library card.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the library open?
As of July 7, all OPL branches will offer Library Takeout for contactless holds pickups and the ability to return borrowed library materials, during limited hours of operation. Learn more about these services. OPL Express locations remain closed until further notice.

What should I do with my library materials?
Please keep your library materials until we resume normal operations. Branch book drops are closed until further notice.

Will I be charged late fees for my borrowed materials or for not picking up a hold?
All library material due dates have been extended, including library holds. Please check your OPL account for updates.

Can I still access the library’s digital resources from home?
Online access to the library’s digital services and collections (ex: cloudLibrary, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc.) are not affected by these temporary closures.

I have a hold that’s ready to be picked up, am I able to pick it up from the branch?
OPL branches now offer Library Takeout for contactless holds pickups. Learn more about how you can pick-up your hold.


Accessing our Online Resources

You can still enjoy our online collections from the comfort of your own home. Visit our website and log in with your library card and PIN to access.

Click here to view the full list of resources.

Accessible Reading

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) has Canada’s largest collections of books and online resources for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical, or learning disability. More information on access to their alternative formats and services can be found at their website. A valid Oakville Public Library card is required to enroll in this service.


Stay Informed

Visit the Halton Region website before calling 3-1-1 for information on symptoms, prevention and when to contact Halton Region Public Health. Information is also available on dedicated COVID-19 pages on the Ontario Government and Federal Government websites.

As always, should you have questions about your family’s health, contact a medical practitioner immediately.


Community Resources

Halton Community Services Directory has compiled a helpful list of COVID-19 information and resources for residents of Halton. Whether you’re searching for local food banks, financial relief programs or mental health services in your community – they can help.

Halton Community Services Directory

COVID-19 Resources and Information


Contact Us

Still have questions? Send us an email at oplreference@oakville.ca. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy!


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