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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.


Ottawa Public Library resources, services and programs help to ensure that local businesses have the information they need to be successful and stay competitive.

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To learn how to start a business and how to do market research for your business, explore the two guides below:

Guide to Market Research

Guide to Starting a Business in Ontario

To get support in starting a business, consult the following directory of services in Ottawa

Directory of Business Services in Ottawa

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Business Writing

Helps learners develop their written business communication skills in the context of emails, SMS, letters and reports. Topics include the writing process, linking ideas and writing clearly.
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Gale OneFile: Business (Formerly InfoTrac Business Collection)

Analyze industry events and trends, company performance and activity, as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Publications include broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings, investment reports, market overviews, country snapshots, and industry...
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Grant Connect

Up-to-date information on hundreds of Canadian grant-making foundations and corporations, as well as more than 150 American foundations that have a history of philanthropy in Canada. Choose your terms carefully when you set up your search. A range of options...
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A directory of 2.1 million Canadian company profiles compiled from telephone directories, annual reports, government data, chamber of commerce information, business magazines, newspapers, specialty directories, and postal services information. Enables entrepreneurs, job-hunters, and consumers to find businesses in any industry...
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Value Line

The Value Line Investment Survey and Small & Midcap Survey offers access to over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries. This includes analysts’ reports, statistics and forecasts of stock performance.
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Your Money. Are You in Control? Financial Literacy Month

Rubina Ahmed-Haq, personal finance journalist explains the major roadblocks to saving and outlines what you can do today to start being better with your money.

The Ultimate Career Strategy Toolkit

A three-part series of professional workshops to help you advance your career. Each workshop...

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