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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.

What free really means: understanding how you pay for free services with your personal data

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Many of us use free online services for communication, work and fun. In the wake of scores of recent data breeches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where the personal data of more than 87 million Facebook users was secretly searched and used for targeted political ads, this panel discussion will explain what you signed up for when you clicked "accept" on an agreement that was too long and complicated to read. Registration recommended.

Join the panelists to learn about this important topic.

  • Jane Bailey is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa where she researches and teaches about the intersections of law, technology and equality.
  • Daphne Guerrero led engagement and outreach efforts for Canada’s privacy commissioner for eight years.
  • Tamir Israel works for the Centre for Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), leading its privacy, net neutrality, electronic surveillance and telecommunications regulation activities.
  • Tracey P. Lauriault is Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data. She is Cross Appointed to the MA in Digital Humanities and Faculty of the Institute for Data Science at Carleton University.
  • Moderated by John Lawford, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)


Presented in partnership with National Capital FreeNet as part of "Saved with a Click"



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