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120 Metcalfe

Opening hours

Monday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Branch is closed Sundays from June 14 to September 6, 2015. /
La succursale est fermée le dimanche du 14 juin au 6 septembre 2015.

Nearest branches


377 Rideau

Open next:
Tuesday: 10:00 am-8:30 pm


1049 Bank

Open next:
Tuesday: 10:00 am-8:30 pm


18 Rosemount

Open next:
Tuesday: 10:00 am-8:30 pm


120 Metcalfe
Ottawa K1P 5M2



Branch Features

  • Book drop open 24 hours
  • Credit cards/Interac Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wireless Access
  • Refreshments
  • Second-hand book sales
  • Battery recycling
  • Chromebooks available

What's Happening at Main


The (Hard) Working Z: Zombies as Subalterns

Join us on Monday, April 20 for the third lecture in the Public Intellectual Lecture Series, offered through a partnership between Carleton University Department of English and Literature and the Ottawa Public Library.

Learn more about: The (Hard) Working Z: Zombies as Subalterns

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Programs and Events

Cancelled --Employment Ontario Information Session

April 27, 2015 - 1:30am

Learn about Ontario government programs for job seekers, such as Second Career, Ontario Self-Employment Benefits, Job Creation Partnership, Apprenticeship, and Youth Employment. Discover the free services and programs at your local Employment Ontario Centre. Offered in partnership with St. Lawrence Employment Service.

Duration: 60 min

Registration required? Yes

Learn more about: Cancelled --Employment Ontario Information Session

Initiation à l’informatique et à Internet

April 27, 2015 - 2:00pm

Cet atelier de cinq sessions est une initiation à l’informatique, à l’utilisation de la souris et du clavier et à la prise en main du système d’exploitation Windows. L’atelier offre également une initiation à Internet et à Internet Explorer, à l’utilisation de Gmail, un système de courriel Web, et propose des astuces permettant de profiter en toute sécurité d’Internet et de sa messagerie électronique. Inscription et renseignements : 613-580-2940.

Duration: 120 min

Registration required? Yes

Learn more about: Initiation à l’informatique et à Internet

English Conversation Group / Groupe de conversation en anglais

April 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Offered in partnership with Frontier College. / Améliorez votre anglais parlé et rencontrez des gens dans un milieu décontracté. Programme offert en collaboration avec le Collège Frontière.

Duration: 90 min

Registration required? No

Learn more about: English Conversation Group / Groupe de conversation en anglais

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Meeting Rooms


Capacity: 189
Information: 613-580-2940

Room B125

Capacity: 45
Information: 613-580-2940

About Main

The hub of the 33-branch OPL system, the Main branch the largest library in the system, with the greatest selection of material of all kinds and the most public access Internet stations in the city. Located downtown in the heart of the business and government communities, the Main branch is the place for reference services, including the Ottawa Room, which holds an extensive collection of local historical documents.

The Main branch received these improvements in 2014.

  • Renovated children’s area including a new floor plan with improved sight lines
  • Furniture upgrades
  • Increased public space on the 3rd floor
  • Consolidation of all bookable public internet computers for adults, on the 3rd floor
  • RFID technology installation
  • New point of service

*Branch is closed Sundays from June 14 to September 6, 2015.