Ottawa Public Library Board approves Library budget


The Ottawa Public Library Board has approved the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) 2016 draft operating and capital budget. The complete budget envelope is $45.362M which includes funding for both operating and capital expenses.

On the operations side, the 2016 budget maintains existing services at current levels across the City. On the capital side, the budget is focused on two key initiatives:

  • Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) – securing the funds in 2016 to complete the roll-out of RFID across the OPL by mid-2017. This represents the fulfillment of a commitment made by the previous Board; and,
  • the Ottawa Central Library project – a priority of the Board and a 2015-2018 Term of Council strategic priority. Funding for the Central Library Development project includes $2.9M in addition to the approved budget envelope.

The OPL budget will be presented to City Council on December 9, 2015 for final approval.


The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook Contact us at613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!

OttawaStart Staff


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