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Check out some of our online learning resources, and upcoming programs to help you get back into learning mode for school!


OPL offers a variety of programs that inspire and encourage discovery, creativity and fun. Check out our current Fall 2023 offerings. 

Kids Programs

  • Babytime

  • Big Dreamers

  • Board Games Drop-in

  • Build It seriesCosmos Club

  • Chess Drop-in

  • Creation Zone pop-up workshops

  • Cursive Writing workshops

  • Exploration Station

  • Forensics Fun 

  • Intro to Dash Robots

  • LEGO Drop-in

  • Literary Creations

  • Little Artists, In Partnership with Oakville Galleries

  • Math Munchkins

  • Natural History 

  • No Tech Coding

  • Paws 4 Stories, In Partnership with St. John's Ambulance

  • Parachute Play

  • Pattern Science

  • Preschool Dance Party

  • Spelling Bee Challenge

  • Stay, Play, Connect 

  • Storytimes

Teens and Adult Programs

  • 3D Printing workshops

  • Author events

    • ​In Conversation With author series 

    • Virtual author talks

  • American Sign Language courses

  • Board Game Drop-in

  • Book Clubs

    • Cookbooks

    • Diverse Voices

    • Historical Fiction

    • Equity & Diversity

  • Button Making Madness

  • Creation Zone pop-up workshops

  • Creativebug workshops

  • Cricut workshops

  • Dungeons and Dragons

  • Chess Drop-in

  • English Conversation Circle

  • French Conversation Circle

  • Forest Bathing, In Partnership with Oakvillegreen

  • Genealogy Meetups

  • iPad Essentials 

  • Laser Cutting workshops

  • Newcomer Conversation Circle

  • Paint Pouring workshops

  • Tech Help

​Note: Program offerings, dates, times and locations are subject to change. 

Online Learning Tools


  • TumbleBook Library offers interactive eBooks for kids in English, French and Spanish

  • KanopyKids offers unlimited access to high-quality movies and TV shows like Arthur and Sesame Street.

  • Hoopla offers instant streaming and downloadable children’s movies, television shows, audiobooks, and music.

  • Little Pim is an online language learning system for ages 0-6.

  • Storyline Online offers storytime for variety of ages, read aloud by some well-known actors such as Chris Pine, Rami Malek, Betty White and more.

eBooks and Audiobooks

  • cloudLibrary offers a growing collection of eBooks and audiobooks for adults, teens, and kids. Listen or read on your computer, smartphone or tablet through the mobile or desktop app.

  • AudiobookCloud is an online collection of over 1000 streaming audiobooks. Aimed at students from kindergarten to high school, the collection includes full-length unabridged classics, fiction and non-fiction books.

  • CELA catalogue for those with print disabilities – CELA has Canada’s largest collections of books and online resources for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical, or learning disability.

  • TeenBookCloud offers an online collection of enhanced novels, eBooks, graphic novels, video and audiobooks for young adult readers.

Movies and Music

  • Kanopy lets you stream documentaries, classic and indie films on desktop, mobile and Roku. Check out the Credit-Free Viewing list for a growing collection of titles that will not deduct from your 10 monthly play credits.

  • Naxos Music Library allows you to stream classical, jazz, blues, relaxation, world and contemporary music, as well as spoken word and folk tales, from any computer.

  • Hoopla offers instant streaming and downloadable television shows, movies, audiobooks, and music.

Newspapers and Magazines

  • New York Times offers digital articles that can be viewed on any computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. Note: You will be directed to redeem a 72 hour access code. After those 72 hours have elapsed, simply click to redeem a new code.

  • Flipster and PressReader offer digital magazines that you can access on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  • Canadian Periodical Index Quarterly offers access to many full-text Canadian magazines and newspapers, including select articles from the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star.

Online Learning

  • Creativebug provides thousands of arts and crafts classes along with downloadble patterns, recipes and templates - free with your library card! 

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Kids provides searchable content for elementary and middle school students and includes interactive exercises and activities. 

  • Khan Academy is a free website that offers expert-created content and resources for every course and level.

  • LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform featuring thousands of online courses taught by industry experts including: 3D printing, business, photography, coding and more.

  • Mango Languages teaches practical conversation and simulates the way people learn when immersed in a foreign culture.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica offers an online version which includes video clips, magazine articles, interactive exercises and activities for students.

Family History and Genealogy

  • Ancestry Library Edition is a great resource for anyone doing genealogical or historical research. Records include census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more with some information dating back to the early 13th century. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

  • Digital Archive Ontario gives you free access to digital material of historical importance to Ontario and Canada. 

More Than Books

Borrow a variety of materials beyond books that supports growth through activity.

  • Sports Kits for tennis, cricket, basketball, baseball, lacrosse and more

  • Storytelling Kits for kids 

  • Nature Packs for kids 

  • Conservation Halton and Provincial Park Passes

Borrowing Materials: Personalized Services 

OPL Express 

OPL Express locations are staffless on-the-go locations designed to make it easy to pick-up holds, return library items and browse collections at several high-traffic community buildings throughout Oakville. 

OPL Picks for You

OPL Picks for You is a personalized book-matching service. You share your reading interests and OPL staff will expertly choose the best reading materials for you. Fill in a short survey and let us pick your next reads! Book an OPL Picks for You Appointment

OPL Reading Challenges 

  • Forest of Reading

  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

  • Read Woke

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Did you know: OPL has permanently eliminated overdue fines!

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!