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Community Services

The library provides information on a range of government and community services available to Oakville residents of all ages. Customers can access a wide array of government information, both in print and online, with their library card. Browse our catalogue or access research and reports through our online resources.

Newcomers to Canada 

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

Information Oakville

A department of Oakville Public Library, Information Oakville aims to provide residents of Oakville with up-to-date, quality information regarding supports and resources available to the community. Visit the Information Oakville page to learn more, and for a list of important community contacts.

OPL Community Food Programs

In partnership with Food for Life Canada, the library offers free food to community members who are in need, available at select branches.

Community Food Corner - 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

Community Food Corner - Glen Abbey Branch

  • Located inside the entrance doors
  • Fresh Food Fridge, Fruits, Vegetables, non-perishables, Pet Food
  • Learn more about Glen Abbey's Community Food Corner here

Community Food Self - Clearview Branch

  • Non-perishables and Pet Food
  • Learn more about Clearview's Community Food Shelf here

For a complete list of community food programs operating in Oakville, visit How to Find - Food Banks & Community Meals, Oakville.

Halton Community Services Directory 

The Halton Community Services Directory (HCSD) 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. Visit the Halton Community Services Directory page to learn more, or start searching for community information, resources or supports here.

Virtual Court

Oakville Public Library is pleased to partner with the Milton and Burlington Courthouses, to provide community members a space to access virtual court sessions. Virtual Court access is available at Central Branch 

In 2020, a Province-wide implementation of virtual courts began in which criminal case management appearances were conducted via videoconferencing or audioconferencing. This new process allows courts to continue proceedings and clear the backlog of cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OPL offers the community a personal access space to conduct first appearance court sessions as needed. Some individuals may not have a permanent residence and may not have access to a computer or Wi-Fi; therefore, OPL can provide the virtual access and privacy to help assist.

For more information contact Marcus Logan at marcus.logan@oakville.ca

Exam Proctoring Service

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

Oakville Public Library offers exam proctoring for a fee of $45.20 (including HST) per exam at Central Branch. Please provide over seven (7) days notice and reserve your time using our online booking system.

For more information, contact us.

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!