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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

Next holiday closure: Sep 05, 2016

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  • The branch will be closed on Sundays, from June 12 to September 4, 2016.
    120 Metcalfe
    OttawaOntario K1P 5M2
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)

The underground parking garage of the Main branch will be closed for repairs from July 4 to September 4, inclusive.

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

  • Congratulations to Charles, who was the 2000th child to register for this year's TD Summer Reading Club at the Main branch!!!  Children's staff at Main set the ambitious goal to register 2000 children for this year's TD SRC.  ...
  • Starting August 3rd, Pick up a copy of the Photo Scavenger Hunt instructions at the 2nd floor desk or email for an electronic copy. Take photos downtown to match the clues and submit them to the email address...
  • Sep 21, 2016 to / à Nov 02, 2016
    Youth are welcome to drop-in to the Weekly Youth Employment Centre at the Main branch. Youth Employment Help Centre is a student run initiative that aims to reduce poverty in Ottawa by providing at risk youth individual mentoring to...
  • Nov 15, 2016
    This workshop aims to help you with managing stress. We will explore the nature of stress, encourage you to become aware of your stressors and guide you to becoming better at managing stress and getting the help you need. For ages 13-20....
  • Sep 12, 2016 to / à Oct 17, 2016
    The Urban Legends Poetry Collective proudly presents the Youth Speak Mentorship Program. This program is intended for students below the age of 19 to have a place to explore all aspects of spoken word. From poetry to story telling to rap,...
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