Current In-Person Services


OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

HOURS AND LOCATIONS: for current branch hours.

BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Starting a Business


Explore OPL's workshop dates and locations, booklist, and online guide to support you in starting a business (check the links at the right).  

Whatever kind of business you are starting online, home-based, local, product sales or service--the steps and procedures in preparing your business are the same. Learn what you need to consider when starting your business and what you need to do so that you can determine if your business idea is feasible. In addition, you will learn specifics on regulations and things to consider for certain types of business.

Invest Ottawa business advisors present monthly workshops at Ottawa Public Library Branches to get you started in the right direction. The first is at St-Laurent branch, Thursday, Feb. 1, 6-8 p,m,

Starting a Businessby OPLBusinessServices

Starting a Business requires a great deal of planning. Included in this topic guide are quizzes to find if entrepreneurship is for you; resources for planning, and for getting your business started. Also refer to the topic guides How to Start Specific Businesses, Taxation, Financing, Market Research, and Business Planning.