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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.

Event Recap: Your Money. Are You in Control?


On Tuesday, November 13, the Ottawa Public Library hosted a free public event on personal finances: Your Money. Are you In Control? The guest speaker Rubina Ahmed-Haq, a personal finance columnist, shared her knowledge and expertise with a crowd of eager attendees.  

Rubina’s presentation, expanded on her three rules to live by for managing your money.

These rules are, in order:  

  • pay yourself (i.e., put aside savings),
  • pay your bills; and then,
  • if anything is left over, spend the rest on things that matter to you. 

If there is nothing left to spend, consider what you can do to reduce your bills. Rubina also discussed the major roadblocks encountered while trying to save money.  For further information on Rubina’s tips and advice, visit her website.

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada was present at, Tuesday’s event.  The FCAC had an information table, and pointed out the many useful services, tools and resources available to help you with your money management on the FCAC website.  Take a look at the features at the bottom of their home page, including “Take charge of your finances” and a “Financial goal calculator”.

Investing in your financial well-being is an ongoing commitment, not just one for Financial Literacy Month. Therefore, we have put together a reading list with more resources to help you acquire the information you need to take control of your finances. OPL also offers financial literacy programs throughout the year.  Be sure to check out the Programs and Events page of the OPL website regularly and select the subject “Personal Finance” to view the upcoming finance programs.

The event concluded with a Financial Literacy Fair, during which local Ottawa non-profit services displayed their resources and services at their tables and talked with participants.

The organizations present were:

  • EBO Financial Education Centre, a non-profit group whose goal is to help low-income residents of Ottawa attain financial autonomy with budget counselling and financial literacy education;
  • Credit Counselling Society, a non-profit, that helps individuals and families deal with debt and get their finances on track;
  • Zalasmart, whose aim is to provide children and youth with a foundational knowledge in financial literacy and money management;
  • Global Shapers Ottawa Hub, young professionals who are emerging as leaders;
  • JA Ottawa (formerly Junior Achievement), the Ottawa Network for Education, which offers programs that  teach financial literacy and work readiness skills to students in grades 5 to 12;
  • Pamela George Financial Literacy and credit counsellor;
  • Financial Literacy Action Network of Ottawa (FLANO), a network that promotes and disseminates financial literacy and encourages action throughout the City of Ottawa.  

Discover more about the great things these organizations are doing to support  financial literacy!

Pictures from this event.