Ontario Public Library Week: October 14 - 20, 2018
"A Visit Will Get You Thinking"

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable role libraries play in Canadians' lives. In Ontario, the first week of October features First Nations Public Library Week, and the third week of October is Ontario Public Library Week.

Ontario Library Association (OLA) is excited to be the provincial coordinator for Ontario Public Library Week. As the coordinator, OLA provides public libraries and public library supporters with various promotional resources for Ontario Public Library Week. OLA also organizes the OPLW launch event and facilitates the OPLW contest using #oplw.

Please visit this page in the upcoming months for updates on Ontario Public Library Week 2018.

For more information, please contact communications@accessola.com.

Downloadable Graphics

Access and download OPLW/CLM graphics from the shareable Dropbox folder.

Launch Event

The Honourable Sylvia Jones Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport invites you to join her for the Ontario Public Library Week launch event!
Orangeville Public Library
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate libraries by attending the launch event for Ontario Public Library Week. Join fellow library supporters within the province as we kick off a week of province-wide events recognizing the unique qualities of Ontario's libraries.

RSVP by Wednesday, October 10th by email to Sarah Roberts, Advocacy & Research Officer, Ontario Library Association.

OPLW Contest: #OPLWBookOutfit


This year, we are holding a photo contest, where Ontarians can win great prizes by showing off their matching book cover and outfits. The contest will be open October 11 to October 20. 

Here’s How You Can Enter:

  1. Pick a book to match your outfit and take a photo of you or in a group.
  2. Tell us how you use your library card or why you love your public library.
  3. Share your photo on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #OPLWBookOutfit.

Here’s an example of an #OPLWOutfit entry (courtesy of Perth Union Public Library):

We use our library to borrow ebooks, to learn a second language, and to go to the art gallery for free! @ONLibraryAssoc #OPLWBookOutfit #OPLW

You Could Win:

  • Forest of Reading Award nominee book set (approx. $200 value)
  • An e-reader (approx. $175 value)
  • A prize pack from The Library Marketplace (approx. $200 value)

Download the Contest Toolkit, Flyer, and Images from our OPLW Dropbox

More Information:

This contest is only open to residents of Ontario, Canada. Ontario Public Library Week is celebrated across the province during the third week of October, and is administered by the Ontario Library Association (OLA). OLA respects your right to privacy, and will not share your personal information with third-party affiliates.

The winners will be chosen by staff and volunteers of the Association. By entering this contest, you consent to have your submitted photo content used in OLA promotions. Photos that are not the creation of the entrant will be disqualified without warning.

Libraries and community partners are free to enter this competition, and, if selected as the winner, may donate their prize to a community of their choice.

The contest will run from October 11, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. EST to October 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Poster/Bookmark Orders and Shipping

Poster/bookmark ordering is now closed. No exceptions will be made.

If you have questions about OPLW posters/bookmarks ordering or shipping, please contact The Library Marketplace

Please Note: OLA will be covering the cost of the materials, however, libraries will be responsible for covering the shipping costs. You will have 3 options for shipping: a flat fee of $11.95 plus tax, free shipping through your regular SOLS service (SOLS libraries only) or free shipping to the OLS-N conference in Sudbury (you are responsible for picking up your order).

Thank you to this year's sponsors and supporters!


Archived Graphics