City Council approves Ottawa Public Library 2018 budget

Dec 13 2017

Ottawa – City Council approved the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) 2018 operating and capital budget on December 13, 2017. The complete budget envelope is $49.309 million, which includes funding for both operating and capital expenses.


“The approved budget enhances library collections and provides for the renewal of Rosemount Branch, which will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2018,” said Tim Tierney, Councillor Beacon Hill – Cyrville and Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board.


In addition, the 2018 budget will fund the replacement of an aging bookmobile, the installation of a number of accessible public workstations, and the automation of an employee scheduling system. The approved budget will also see some changes to the OPL Fee Structure, effective January 24 to reflect inflationary costs related to a variety of services.


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!


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