Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021


Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   


Extended curbside service at Alta Vista branch October 16 from 10 am to 5 pm


The Alta Vista branch will extend curbside services at the rear door and parking lot on Saturday October 16, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm .The branch will resume regular service on Monday, October 18 at 10 am.  .  

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers


Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Notice: Carlingwood Branch


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Closure: Centennial Branch


Centennial Branch will be open from  2 pm  to 5 pm only Saturday October 16,  due to a planned Hydro Ottawa Power outage.


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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.

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. 

City of Ottawa: Economic Support and Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected businesses in Ottawa. The City 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.

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.

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 of 18-39. 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!