The library remains closed at this time. 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 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.

Reader Services

  • Stories by Phone –  Do you or someone you know want to hear a friendly voice? Are you more comfortable using the telephone than technology? You can now dial 905-815-2041 to enjoy pre-recorded stories, any time of day. We are offering three different pre-recorded story options in English: poems and short stories for adults, stories for younger children (age 7 and under) and adult fiction (one chapter a week). Pick one or play them all, as many times as you like. New stories are available every Tuesday. 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.

OPL Seed Library

  • The OPL Seed Library is now available! There will be no formal check-out this year, simply stop by one of the two listed locations to pick-up your seeds to plant at home. Seeds are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. Learn more here.

Virtual Programs

Please check the calendar for most up to date information.

Preschool Programs 

Teen Programs 

  • Staff Picks: Book Recommendations – Missing our in-branch book recommendations? OPL staff have you covered with digital book recommendations to help teens find their next great read. Each Wednesday will feature Teen & Young Adult titles. Listen to the series now on YouTube.

Adult Programs 

  • Virtual Adult 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.
  • Virtual Big Ideas Book Club – Using a virtual meeting platform we will discuss thought leaders in the areas of psychology, leadership, creativity, and business using materials that are available in electronic format.

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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