Effective February 17, 2021: All branches are open for adjusted services and continue to offer Library Takeout and contactless pickups. Some OPL Express locations open. Learn More

Virtual Library Programs and Public Services

Here’s a quick guide to all of the library services that we are currently offering. For more information on our virtual programs, please visit our programs page.

Register for a library card

If you live, work or study in Oakville and don’t have an OPL library card, you can register for a library card via email or phone, 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.

Winter Sports Kits

Get some fresh air and enjoy the snow using an OPL Winter Sport Kit. Kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, no holds will be available. Loan periods are 7 days and are not renewable. There are various types of Winter Sports Kits and availability varies by branch, please call your local branch for more information.

Grab & Go for Kids and Adults

OPL has launched a new service to help you discover new authors, reads and movies in a seamless three-step process. OPL staff prepare bags with 5 books or 5 DVDs inside based on the following categories:

For Kids:
Picture Books, Early Readers, First Chapter and Junior Fiction

For Adults:
Mystery & Suspense, Historical Fiction, Biographies, Lighthearted Reads, Wellness and Mixed Bag (Fiction and Non-Fiction)

Award Winning Films, Recently Released Films, Family Films, TV Series and Mixed Documentaries

Book your appointment to pick up your preferred bag, keep it sealed and place your bag on the self-checkout scanner to check out with your library card, then take home to uncover your new reads! Happy reading!

Reader Services

  • Stories by Phone –  It’s now even easier to enjoy stories at home! A friendly OPL staff member has pre-recorded a Stories by Phone option for you. Dial 905-815-2041 and choose any option and – once or as many times as you like! You will be greeted by a friendly voice and a story ready for you! Categories include sonnets and children’s bedtime stories (age 7 and under), both categories offering new options every Tuesday. The third category available is listening to an adult cozy mystery which will have new additions everyday from Monday to Friday. Pick one or play them all, as many times as you like. Long-distance charges may apply.
  • Staff Picks: Book Recommendations – Missing our in-branch book recommendations? OPL staff have you covered with digital book recommendations to help all ages find their next great read! Mondays will feature Children, Preschool and School-Age titles. Wednesdays will feature Teen & Young Adult titles. Fridays will feature Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction titles. Listen to the series now on YouTube.

Technology Help

  • How To Access Digital Resources – Watch our video on how to use the library’s digital resources.
  • Tech Help – Book time with an OPL staff member to get help over the phone to access the library’s resources or very basic computer help.

Virtual Programs

OPL is offering a wide variety of virtual programs, from live Family Storytime, to technology based Lunch & Learns where you can learn a new skill. For a list of the Virtual Programs we are offering based on age group, visit our programs page.

Online Learning

With your library card you have access to many online learning platforms, that can assist with all age groups. Discover new languages, explore new e-books and encyclopedias and do so from the comfort of your home. For more information on our learning platforms, visit our Learning with OPL page.

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