Notice:

The parking garage elevator leading up to the Main branch lobby is currently unavailable.

Main

Hours for the week of Nov 20, 2017
Day of weekOpening times
Monday10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Next holiday closure: Dec 24, 2017

  • The branch will be closed on Sundays, from June 11 to September 3, 2017.
    120 Metcalfe
    OttawaOntario K1P 5M2
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)
    InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
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What's happening at Main

22/11/2017
On Thursday November 23rd we will be continuing our Thursday Movie Classics series in...
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Photo from book Our Heroes in the Great World War
09/11/2017
A remarkable publication from 1919 that gives us photographs and brief service details for...
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Do you enjoy international cinema or films in general? Come join us Thursday nights for free movies in the auditorium at the Main Branch. With...

Main

Thursday Nov 23, 2017 at 6:30pm

Join us on Thursdays at noon for free performances by local Ottawa musicians! Drop by for a few minutes while picking up your holds, or...

Main

Thursday Nov 23, 2017 at 12:00pm / until Nov 30, 2017

Viens découvrir des trucs et astuces pour écrire des bandes dessinées qui remporteront un succès fou avec Éric Péladeau bédéiste et juge du concours. Pour...

Main

Friday Jan 26, 2018 at 10:30am

List of meeting rooms, capacities and links to reserve.
Title Capacity Rates Note Book this room
Room B125 35 Regular Room Rates Includes a whiteboard (no markers). Does not include cords, laptop, or technical assistance. There is no screen in the room , but it is possible to project onto the wall.
Auditorium 189 Auditorium Rates Includes a podium and microphone. If you require a table in the lobby please add to the note field. Does not include cords, a laptop or technical assistance. There is no screen in the auditorium, but it is possible to project onto the wall.

Branch features

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