In response to COVID-19, all branches of the Oakville Public Library, and all programs, branch book drops and in-branch services, will be closed as of Saturday, March 14 until further notice. All library material due dates have been extended. Full details

Virtual Library Programs and Public Services

While our physical branches have closed, Oakville Public Library is still able to serve you digitally. Here’s a quick guide to all of the library services that we are currently offering.

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 24 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.

Reader Services

  • Book Talks – 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

  • OPL Digital Resources – Watch our video on how to use all 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

Please check the calendar for most up to date information.

Preschool Programs 

  • Get Ready to Read – Tips and tricks to prepare children from birth to Grade 1 to be ready to read. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read practices the Oakville Public Library is providing activities for caregivers to do with their children that build literacy skills in both video and print format.
  • Family Storytime– Virtual Family Storytime begins on Thursday, March 26. Tune in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am on one of our social platforms, Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

Teen Programs 

  • Write2Xpress – A creative writing contest open to Oakville youth aged 12-18 years old. Short story and poem submissions based on this year’s image will be accepted and judged by a panel of three local authors for a chance to win. Contest runs from Saturday, March 28 – Saturday, May 9.

Adult Programs 

  • Virtual Book Clubs – Using a virtual meeting platform we will offer book clubs using materials that are available in electronic format. Registration is required to provide instructions to access the virtual meeting space.
  • Virtual Let’s Talk About Books – Using a virtual meeting platform we will offer our Let’s Talk About Books program using materials available in electronic format. Registration is required to provide instructions to access the virtual meeting space.

Creation Programs

  • Virtual Creation Challenges – Be inspired on Mondays mornings by the weekly Maker Challenge. Complete the challenge and share them with us on Facebook.
  • Creation Zone How-To – Watch videos around technologies from Oakville Public Library’s Creation Zone.

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


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