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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.

New Entrepreneurs of Ottawa Networking (NEON)


Are you a new entrepreneur? Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you want to network with entrepreneurs in the community? Join us for the seventh annual New Entrepreneurs of Ottawa Networking (NEON) Event! NEON brings small business owners together with the goal to find inspiration in one another and at the same time obtain relevant information.  

A panel of guest entrepreneurs share their experience and answer questions.


  • Karla Briones, serial entrepreneur and New Entrepreneur Canada
  • Shauna Pollock, Blue Sky School
  • Scottie Irving, the Pep Tides
  • Andrew Ralph, Signal 88 Security

This annual event is organized by the Ottawa Public Library with a network of small businesses. This year's NEON event was a collaboration with the following partners:  Invest Ottawa, Ottawa Community Loan Fund, Futurpreneur, CollabSpace, IgniteAC, World Skills, and In-TAC.

Following the panel, there will be a trade show during which attendees can learn about local organizations who provide services to the business community and who offer their support services to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. This will be the perfect opportunity to network with fellow entrepreneurs over refreshments!   

We hope to see you there!

Date:  Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:10 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Ben Franklin Place, Atrium and Chamber

Register directly on Eventbrite or through the registration link at right.   Please bring business cards.