In the Media

OTL in the Media

May 2019

CTV Ottawa Morning – Jasmine at the Ottawa Tool Library

February 2018

CBC News – Darn your socks, help the planet:



November 2017

CTV News – Checking out the Ottawa Tool Library:



April 2017

Metro Ottawa – Ottawa’s first Repair Café a success, organizers planning more:

The first Repair Café in Ottawa was held on Saturday in Makerspace North, in the City Centre building.

CBC – Get a quick fix at the Ottawa Tool Library’s debut Repair Café:

Ottawa Tool Library co-founder Bettina Vollmerhausen, left, and volunteer Marit Quist-Corbett, right, will be helping out Saturday at the local non-profit’s first-ever Repair Café. (Julie Delaney/CBC)

Daytime Ottawa – The Ottawa Tool Library talks about the Repair Café: Emily Brown of the Ottawa Tool Library and Marit Quist Corbett of the Repair Café discuss how they help to give people a way to fix things and to learn how to fix them, thus keeping things out of the landfill:

March 2017

Metro News Ottawa – Ottawa Repair Cafe wants to fix the things you might throw out:


June 2016

CBC Ottawa Morning TV – Our co-founder Bettina talking about Stop Gap with Olivia.

May 2016

Rogers TV – Our co-founder talking about the seed library and upcoming workshops on RogersTV:

February 2016

Ottawa community news – Tool library gets boost from Ottawa start-up:


The Global and Mail – How to saw off the high costs of owning tools:


Huffington post -We were featured in an article by the Kielberger brothers of Free The Children outlining how Impact HUB Ottawa is instrumental to social enterprise and change:

huffington post


January 2016

Ottawa Business Journal – Kevin Ford is a man on a mission, and this week he was spreading the gospel at the Ottawa Tool Library:


Invest Ottawa – Ottawa Tool Library will now be expanding its offering by introducing workshops thanks to a donation made by Invest Ottawa and Onshoring Ventures:


CTV Morning Live – CTV Morning Live’s Sarah Freemark is at the Ottawa Tool Library. Air Date: January 26, 2016 – See the 4 sections:

CTV Morning Ottawa Tool Library – Hub of activity: Working together to make change:

November 2015

Centretown News – This library will get you chainsaws, not Chaucer –


Jim Potter – Kait Labbate, Centretown News

CTV Morning Live -CTV Morning Live’s Sarah Freemark is at the Ottawa Tool Library. Air Date: November 6, 2015 – See the 4 sections:

October 2015

Ottawa Sun – Off to the library …for tools as Ottawa Tool library is open:

Ottawa sun - October 2015 - Ottawa Tool Library - Bettina

CBC New –  Seeking a saw? New ‘tool library’ debuts in Ottawa:

CBC Ottawa news – See video below or directly on CBC website: 23 October starts at 48:20 min:

Ottawa Community news – Ottawa Tool Library opens its doors:

Ottawa Community news - Ottawa Tool Library opens its doors

April 2015

CTV morning live interview:

Ottawa Tool Library at CTV news Ottawa

We were featured on TwoZeroOne blog.  DIY blogger Stephanie White wrote about the benefits a tool library will provide to people working on projects.

Ottawa Business Journal article: Ottawa Tool Library turns to crowdfunding while search for home continues.

March 2015

PRESS RELEASE of March, 24th – Indiegogo campaign (Word Document)

CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan

Metro News by Haley Ritchie

Steve Maxwell writes in the Ottawa Citizen why the tool library movement is gaining momentum in Canada, with a special mention of the OTL.

February 2015

CKCU FM 93.1 ArtBreak Playlist: (OTL starts at time count 41:22)

January 2015

Catch the live interview with our tool goddess on Rogers Daytime TV.

Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, recently wrote about the rise of tool libraries across our beautiful country in the Ottawa Citizen and we’re very proud we are on this list.

December 2014

We got exciting front page coverage in the Kitchissippi Times about our win at Soup Ottawa.

November 2014

CBC Ottawa Morning listeners found out about the Ottawa Tool Library after our co-founder was interviewed by Hallie Cotnam.

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Terry O’Reilly’s show “Under the Influence” on CBC Radio explains the sharing economy and why it is here to stay.

Time Magazine is calling the sharing economy one of the “10 ideas that will change the world” and we couldn’t agree more!

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