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Community Services

Oakville Public Library strives to provide our community with equitable access to information through a range of community and government resources and services, that are available to Oakville residents. Access a wide array of information, both in print and online, through visiting our branches, exploring our website, speaking with our knowledgeable staff, or through a resource below.

OPL card holders can access an even wider array of information, both in print and online, with their library card. Browse our catalogue or access research and reports through our online resources.

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Information Oakville

A department of Oakville Public Library, Information Oakville provides residents of Oakville with up-to-date, quality information regarding supports and resources available to the community. To learn more about the different ways we share community resources and information through OPL, visit our Information Oakville page.

Newcomers to Canada 

Are you a newcomer to Canada living in Oakville? Oakville Public Library offers a variety of programs, resources, and information to help you get settled in your new community. To learn more, visit our New to Canada page.

OPL Community Food Programs

In partnership with Food for Life Canada and Oakville & Milton Humane Society, the library offers free food to community members in need, available at the following branches:

Central Branch

  • Located just inside the third-floor entrance
  • Fresh Food Fridge, Fruits, Vegetables, Breads, non-perishables, Pet Food
  • Learn more about Central's Community Food Corner here

Glen Abbey Branch

  • Located inside the entrance doors
  • Non-perishables and Pet Food
  • Learn more about Glen Abbey's Community Food Corner here

Clearview Branch

  • Located inside the entrance doors
  • Non-perishables and Pet Food
  • Learn more about Clearview's Community Food Shelf here

For more community food programs operating in Oakville, visit How to Find - Food Banks & Community Meals, Oakville.

Virtual Court

In partnership with the Milton and Burlington Courthouses, OPL is proud to provide community members a space to access virtual court sessions. This new process allows courts to continue proceedings and clear the backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OPL offers a space for virtual access and privacy, to help conduct first appearance court sessions as needed.

Virtual Court access is only available at Central Branch. For more information, please contact Marcus Logan at

Exam Proctoring Service

Oakville Public Library supports lifelong learning and is happy to help you meet your educational goals. 

OPL offers exam proctoring for a fee of $45.20 (including HST) per exam, available at Central Branch. To book an appointment, please provide over seven (7) days notice and reserve your time using our online booking system.

Heating and Cooling Centres

When heat and cold warnings/alerts are issued by the Region of Halton, members of the community are welcome to visit an OPL branch, to shelter from the weather. Branches are available during regular operating hours.

For complete listings of Oakville facilities available during weather alerts, visit the Town of Oakville's website for warming centre locations and cooling centre locations.

For more information about Halton Region Alerts, visit the Halton Region’s Emergency Alerts website,


Halton Community Services Directory 

The Halton Community Services Directory is a simple and easy to use resource for finding programs and services provided by community, social service, health, government, or relevant commercial organizations, serving Halton. To learn more, visit our Halton Community Services Directory page.

Ready to start searching? Start here…

Explore early literacy programs at OPL

It’s never too early to introduce a child to reading. Babytime is a free program perfect for infants aged 0-11 months and their caregivers. Sing, clap, bounce and learn rhymes together!