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120 Metcalfe

  • Mondays:10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays:10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays:10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays:10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays:10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays:1:00 p.m-5:00 p.m

Branches Nearby


120 Metcalfe
Ottawa K1P 5M2



Branch Features

  • Book drop open 24 hours
  • Credit Cards/Interac Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wireless Access
  • Refreshments available
  • Used book store

What's Happening at Main


Health DVDs for Seniors

Here are a few DVDs that may be of interest to seniors -- I was just organizing the dispaly of DVDs at Carlingwood and came across these -- they look good.  Check them out!

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Programs and Events

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Business

October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Join us for the second day fo the Small Business Week® Speaker Series, a lunch & learn session. Failure in business can happen to the best of us, but you can escape the potential pitfalls of business by avoiding the 5 mistakes business owners make in their business…. 1. They don’t know their numbers. 2. They don’t understand that saving a wage will cost a fortune. 3. They hire the wrong team. 4. They forget what business they are really in. 5.

Duration: 60 min

Registration required? Yes

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Career and Labour Market Exploration

October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Get the information you need to make decisions about your career. Use online resources for self-assessment, career information, and labour market data.

Duration: 60 min

Registration required? Yes

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English Conversation Group / Groupe de conversation en anglais

October 22, 2014 - 6:30pm

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

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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

*Branch is closed Sundays from June 8 to August 31, 2014.