One of the goals for my recent trip to Toronto was to get a card for the Toronto Public Library. There are certain resources that the Ottawa Public Library – digital or otherwise – will not invest in, so getting a card from a city that will for a reasonable price (for an out-of-towner) was a no-brainer.
In this case, my main aim was Pages of the Past, the back catalogue of the Toronto Star. Although the Ottawa Public Library has a subscription to the Globe and Mail‘s back catalogue, as a national paper, it has never been near as interested in the reporting local to Toronto.
I should note that I don’t expect the Ottawa Public Library to subscribe to the Toronto Star’s back catalogue.