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OPEN BRANCHES: 22 of our branches and the Bookmobile are currently open for modified services at this time.

Additional branches will reopen for contactless returns and holds pickup in the fall and early winter. Details:

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BOOKMOBILE: for the current Bookmobile stops schedule.

MANDATORY: Masks are required to be worn inside Ottawa Public Library branches, as per theTemporary Mandatory Mask By-law. Customers who are not wearing masks will not be allowed inside branches. Exceptions apply for people with medical exemptions.

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Breaking News from the 1820s


There weren't a lot of stores in this area 200 years ago.  If you needed a retail therapy fix you probably went to Bellows & Stacey, a flourishing store in the Town of Sherwood, located at Chaudière Falls from 1824-1828.  In 1828 the townsite vanished, and so did Bellows & Stacey.  Until this year, when the store's account book was discovered in a museum in Vermont.  It has much to tell us about the local economy and the earliest settlers on both sides of the river.  And it's coming home.

Join us on October 16 when Bruce Elliott will tell the story of Bellows & Stacey, and City of Ottawa Museums staff will bring the account book itself for you to have a look at. 

Register now for A Store Older than Ottawa, at Nepean Centrepointe, October 16, 6:30 p.m.