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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.

Financial Literacy Month: Invest in your financial well-being


November is Financial Literacy Month.  This year’s theme is “invest in your financial well-being”, with the goal of encouraging Canadians to take control of their finances and reduce financial stress by making a budget, and having a savings and debt reduction plan.  

Ottawa Public Library is excited to offer a talk by Rubina Ahmed-Haq, personal finance journalist, on just this theme:  

  • Your Money. Are You in Control?  November 13: Rubina explains the major roadblocks to saving and outlines steps you can take today to manage your money.  Details and registration. 

Other personal finance programs of interest!

  • Improving Income in Retirement, November 1: An overview of the income sources available to Canadians during retirement. Details and registration. 
  • Planification de la retraite avec un faible revenu, October 30: Comment tirer le meilleur parti des programmes de sécurité du revenu. Une séance présentée en français.  Détails et inscription.
  • Planning for Retirement on a Low Income, November 6:  Learn about income security programs. Details and registration. 
  • First Time Home Buyers, November 21: Join a mortgage specialist to learn about the procedure and mortgage information. Details and registration. 
  • Investing 101, November 21: Learn about bonds, stocks, mutual funds, and more. Details and registration. 
  • Retirement Planning Seminar, November 22: A look at cash flow needs, pensions, registered accounts, estate planning, and goal planning. Details and registration. 

Saved with a Click, a series offered by the National Capital FreeNet:

Explore tools and resources to help you manage your finances, on the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) website.  

Your Financial Well-being by Jill_Biblio

November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. The theme for 2018 is Investing in your financial well-being. Here are some resources to help you take charge of your own finances. Included are titles for helping everyone--parents, singles, retirees, children, teens, students with financial literacy. Many are available both in print and as e-books. Also find in the list a few DVDs and streaming videos, plus reliable websites.