UPDATE: Additional Services at OPL Branches – Starting Feb. 22


Starting Monday, February 22:

  • 25 of our 28 open branches will offer returns and holds pick up inside the branches, as well as browsing, and use of public computers.
  • Rosemount, Orléans, and Metcalfe branches will offer contactless returns and holds pick up inside the branches.
  • The Bookmobile will offer browsing of a small collection at all stops.
  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Mask wearing inside the branches, and outside in line, remain mandatory.

For more details, go to the OPL blog.

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Has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? The Ottawa Public Library has compiled a list of tools and resources that can help you navigate through this uncertain time as a business owner.

City of Ottawa: Economic Support and Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected businesses in Ottawa. TheCity of Ottawa provides the latest business support information and resources available from municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. It includes the Business Reopening Toolkit.

Invest Ottawa: COVID-19 Response and Resources

Invest Ottawa is a non-profit organization that facilitates economic growth and job creation in Ottawa. Invest Ottawa’s COVID-19 page aims to equip local businesses with key information, tools and support. Business support topics include safe reopening, opportunities to contribute to solutions to COVID-19, funding options, direct support for employees, and more!

Ottawa Public Health: COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Workplaces

Ottawa Public Health provides information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as businesses and workplaces start to reopen. Find disease prevention tips, downloadable fact sheets, printable posters and multilingual resources.

Ottawa Public Library: Business

Ottawa Public Library resources, services and programs help to ensure that local businesses have the information they need to be successful and stay competitive. Check out our business page to learn how to: start a business, do market research for your business, and get support in starting a business. You can also consult our directory of business services in Ottawa. 

Government of Ontario: COVID-19 Support for Businesses

Do you have questions about what supports are available for your business? The Government of Ontario has the latest information, such as tax & financial relief, to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19.

Government of Canada: Support for Businesses

The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan offers programs that can help your business weather this crisis.Find the support you need for your business.

Export Development Canada: COVID-19 Business Resources

Export Development Canada lists all the resources developed by the government and Crown corporations to help Canadian businesses navigate COVID-19. Help topics include liquidity and cash flow, payroll support, expanding into new markets, help with wages and staffing challenges, advance payments to supplies, and more!

Futurpreneur Canada: COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Futurpreneur Canada is a national non-profit organization that provides support to aspiring business owners between the ages of18-39. Futurpreneur Canada have COVID-19 resources available to help your small business through this uncertain time. Topics presented include financial support to businesses and workers, access to capital for small businesses, business development bank resources, and more!

Canadian Business Resilience Network: Resources for COVID-19

The Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN) is supported by the Government of Canada. It brings together chambers of commerce, as well as business and industry associations. CBRN presents the latest information, tools and resources businesses need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business: COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is a non-profit organization representing over 110,000 small and medium sized businesses. The CFIB offers a weekly COVID-19 Webinar, as well as a detailed FAQ on topics like Student Workplace and Canada Summer Jobs programs, Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance, and more!

Canadian Bankers Association: COVID-19 Resources

The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) is a trade association and lobby group that represents over 60 Canadian banks. Its members include Canada’s largest banks. Access CBA’s newsfeeds and popular topics, including fraud prevention, financial literacy banking basics and research and advocacy.