Notice: St-Laurent Branch


The St-Laurent branch is closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches


There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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The Ottawa Citizen (1845-2010) digital heritage edition is now available

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Exciting news for local history buffs and genealogists -  The OTTAWA CITIZEN (1845-2010) digital heritage edition is now available for our customers from the comfort of your home.

This digitized Ottawa Citizen full-image archive includes front-page headlines of the classified ads, marriage and death announcements, comic strips, reviews, display advertising, editorials, birth notices, photographs, and many other article types, to not only understand the news of yesteryear, but more importantly, the context in which it was made. Users can browse by date or perform basic and advanced search options to find information quickly.


Access to this historical newspaper with full image coverage from 1845 to 2010 allows Ottawans to digitally travel back through the centuries to follow politics, society, and events and become eyewitnesses to our local history. It will also provide valuable local genealogy resources.  

For more recent full text content from the Ottawa Citizen consult the Canadian Major Dailies ProQuest (Formerly Canadian Newsstand).



 Blog post contributed by Xiao Feng from our Content Services department.