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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Entrepreneur Basics

Business planning at a table

Are you a new entrepreneur or looking to start a business? Ottawa Public Library offers workshops exploring some of the basics of being an entrepreneur. The workshops offer practical tips and resources in key areas of business and provide knowledge and insight to all budding entrepreneurs.

Are you interested in learning about importing?  Did you know about digital solutions and tools to help automate your business?  

Ottawa Public Library also offers online guides and resources such as a Guide to Market Research, Ottawa  and a Guide to Starting a Small Business in Ontario, free market research consultations, and online resources such as  

Join us for informative entrepreneur workshops offered at Library Branches in the coming weeks and bring your questions.  Registration recommended!

Tuesday, February 5, 6:30-8:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch. Details and registration.

Importation  (in French)
Monday, February 25, 6:00-8:00 pm at Cumberland Branch. Details and registration.

Digital Solutions for Your Business
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30-8:00 pm at Emerald Plaza Branch. Details and registration. 

Starting a Business
Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 -8:00 pm at Elmvale Acres. Details and registration.
Thursday, March 21, 6:00-8:00 pm at Centennial Branch.  Details and registration.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Basics
Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch. Details and registration. 

Market Research Techniques and Resources 
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00-7:30 pm at Main Branch. Details and registration. 

How to Use Think with Google
Saturday, February 23, 2:00 -3:00 pm at Beaverbrook Branch. Details and registration.
Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-7:00 pm at Main Branch.  Details and registration. 

Opening a Food Business in Ottawa
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 pm at Nepean Centrepointe Branch.  Details and registration.


I see it is full - I really would like to attend, if there is any possible way.