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Hours this week
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: Oct 10, 2016

Main / Centrale photo

Nearest branches

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377 Rideau
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1049 Bank
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18 Rosemount
  • The branch will be closed on Sundays, from June 12 to September 4, 2016.
    120 Metcalfe
    OttawaOntario K1P 5M2
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)
    InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca

Le garage souterrain de la succursale Centrale sera fermé le samedi 24 septembre.

Book drop open 24 hours / Le poste de retour de livres est ouvert 24 heures sur 24
Credit cards/Interac Accepted / Cartes de crédit/Interac acceptés
Wheelchair accessible / La succuresale est accessible

What's happening at Main

  • Logo of the Ottawa PC Users Group
    Come to the Main Branch this Saturday morning, October 1, at 10:00 a,m. to hear Jeff Dubois, Program Coordinator, Ottawa PC Users' Group, discuss the ins and outs of media streaming. Since Broadband internet has significantly...
  • Picture of a happy computer
    Main's fall series of Computer and Technology begin this week on Tuesday, September 20 with How To Really Find Information on the Internet.  They continue on Thursday (September 22) with our French series of workshops entitled...
  • Oct 01, 2016
    The Ottawa Fringe, in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, is presenting a site-specific installation-meets-radio-play called How iRan: Three Plays for iPod. Participants will listen to a narrative that guides them through the Main...
  • Oct 01, 2016
    The Ottawa Fringe, in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, is presenting a site-specific installation-meets-radio-play called How iRan: Three Plays for iPod. Participants will listen to a narrative that guides them through the Main...
  • Sep 30, 2016
    The Ottawa Fringe, in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, is presenting a site-specific installation-meets-radio-play called How iRan: Three Plays for iPod. Participants will listen to a narrative that guides them through the Main...
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

Branch amenities