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Adult Literacy

We offer a range of high-interest low-vocabulary books for adult learners and those learning English. Our staff are available to assist you. Select from Classic and Canadian books, grammar texts, lessons, and more.

English as a Second Language support

Our weekly ESL Social Club is a great way to practice your English and meet new people. Check the Events Calendar (link to calendar) to find the program times at McLaughlin or Northview. We also offer English books for adult learners, and a foreign film collection.

Interlibrary Loan

OPL's collection content is broad and in-depth. Occasionally, we do not own items that you are looking for. We can obtain titles for you from other library systems through our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLO).

Local History Room and Genealogy Requests

Our Local History Librarian can help you get started in tracing your family history using tools and resources from our Local History Room and our in-house version of Ancestry. We also offer a Genealogy Support Group that meets regularly. Visit us at the McLaughlin Branch to use our resources or send us a genealogy request via the contact form with your questions.

Online Study/Homework Help

Our trained staff are here to help you find the resources you need to get your project done. We also offer help you can access from home with our online tutors on Brainfuse. Get live help from trained tutors between the hours of 2:00pm-11:00pm EST. Just log in with your Library card.


From its four branches, the Oshawa Public Libraries offer a selection of programs and events of interest to customers of all ages, serving to educate, entertain and inspire. Find events of interest to you and sign up online.

Request New Books and Movies

We want to know what you would like to read, watch and listen to. If there are any books and movies that we don’t have in our Library, we may be able to order them for the collection for everyone to use. Make a suggestion here and we will let you know whether we can order it.

Research Help

Do you have a question or need information but don't know where to start? Our staff are trained to show you how to navigate the information world of print, audio-visual and digital materials.