National Volunteer Week – Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week, by highlighting our member organizations who rely on volunteers to sustain their services and programs. Today we celebrate the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association, FOPLA.

Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Assocation

Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association has been around for some time. In fact, they were one of the first Friends of the Library groups in Canada, becoming a registered charity in 1981! Since then, FOPLA has grown to become the leading fundraising Friends organization in Canada and a great team to be a part of!

FOPLA relies on a team of over 300 volunteers to run their bookstores, sit on the Board of Directors, sort books, and otherwise help them perform their work as a fundraising friends group. FOPL Volunteers

They consider themselves to be incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team of dedicated, passionate volunteers who want to give back to the libraries that they love.

Here is what some of their volunteers had to say:

“I love working with the other volunteers. We take pride in managing our community’s Friends store, and we get a boost when we see how much money we’ve raised for the library.”

“Why do I volunteer with the Friends? I wanted to volunteer somewhere for a few hours each week… and I love books!”


“I worked for the library for 25 years and I still want to give back.”

Be a volunteer with FOPLA

If you are available to give your time to their book sales or projects, FOPLA can use your help! Mammoth Book SaleBe sure to check out the many volunteer opportunities on FOPLA’s page of the Volunteer Ottawa website. They are looking for everything from a Manager of the Mammoth Book Sale to Book Sorters and they are even looking for volunteers to join their board of directors. Get involved today!

Other ways to get involved!

The Mammoth Used Book Sale, held by the Friends of Ottawa Public Library Association, will take place on Saturday, April 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Hall F.

More than twenty thousand books of all types are available at bargain prices.  Show your support and get a great deal too.

We hope to see you there!