In the Media

We’re always grateful to friends of the OTL who help us spread the word about the benefits of the sharing economy to those in our community! Below are some recent features of us in local print, radio, television, blogs and other online media:

  • Ottawa Tool Library finds new home in former artists’ hub

    David Sali, Ottawa Business Journal | March 11, 2021

    After being left out in the cold following its eviction from a central Ottawa makerspace late last year, the Ottawa Tool Library has a new home.

  • Interview: The Ottawa Tool Library finds a new home

    Robyn Bresnahan, Ottawa Morning, CBC Ottawa | February 18, 2021

    Two and a half months after it was told to leave its sublet in the City Centre building, the Ottawa Tool Library has found a new place for DIYers to come together.

  • Ottawa Tool Library reluctantly packs up 2,500-item kit after eviction from City Centre

    Sarah MacFarlane, Capital Current | December 7, 2020

    The Ottawa Tool Library is unexpectedly vacating its home base at the City Centre building near Bayview Station after being evicted by its property management company.

  • City Centre tenants given 2 weeks to move out

    Amanda Pfeffer, CBC News | December 1, 2020

    The Ottawa Tool Library and several other tenants under sublease to Makerspace North at Ottawa’s City Centre have less than two weeks to find new homes.

  • Ottawa Tool Library facing removal from City Centre location

    Ted Raymond & Peter Szperling, CTV Ottawa | December 1, 2020

    The Ottawa Tool Library, a non-profit organization that allows people to borrow tools and learn hands-on crafting skills, says it has received a notice to vacate from its location at the City Centre complex just west of downtown Ottawa.

  • Interview: The Ottawa Tool Library told to vacate City Centre building

    Robyn Bresnahan, Ottawa Morning | December 1, 2020

    The Ottawa Tool Library and other subletters of Makerspace North, say they were shocked to discover they have until December 9th to leave the City Centre building.

  • “5 Innovative Libraries That Lend Things Other Than Books”

    EZVid Video Wiki | June 16, 2020

    The OTL was featured by the EZVid Video Wiki as an international example of a tool lending library, along with a TEDx talk from Lawrence Alvarez, co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library.

  • Kids spend the day getting hands-on with tools

    Peter Szperling, | February 14, 2020

    "The Tinkering School PD Day Camp allows children to leave with a completed project at the end of the day, while learning how to use a variety of tools."

  • OTL adds a workshop space at City Centre location

    Greggory Clark at Apt613 | April 29, 2019

    "The Ottawa Tool Library is expanding at Makerspace North. Three years since setting up shop, the OTL is adding 250 sq. feet of workshop space to meet demand."

  • Waste Reduction Week – The Power of Sharing to Reduce Waste

    Bettina Vollmerhausen at the OTF Knowledge Centre | October 20, 2018

    "We understand that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged about our collective environmental impact, or be unsure of how to promote change. We’re very proud to be featured with a variety of friends from various other great community organizations about how we each work to divert waste; in the case of the OTL, we share, repair, and swap."

  • Darn your socks, help the planet

    Susan Burgess, CBC News | February 24, 2018

    "Since last spring, the tool lending library has been hosting free events where skilled volunteers help visitors learn to fix everything from small appliances to musical instruments and vintage video games. But a spinoff event in January that focused specifically on clothing revealed an appetite in the community for mending skills in particular."

Media Resources

Want to feature the OTL on radio, television or social media? Below you’ll find some resources like a high-resolution logo, several photos of our space, and more. Feel free to browse our website to learn more about us, take a virtual tour, review our prices and fees, and some of our hosted events. Still want to learn more or schedule an interview? Contact us!