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120 Metcalfe

Opening hours

Monday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm

The branch will be closed on Sundays, from June 12 to September 4, 2016 /
La succursale sera fermée les dimanches, du 12 juin au 4 septembre 2016

* The Google Virtual Tour above was taken before the branch had received improvements. New images will be coming soon.

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120 Metcalfe
Ottawa K1P 5M2



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Programs and Events

Playtime / Jouons à la biblio

February 10, 2016 - 10:15am

Staff will make games and books available for you to share with your children. For children 5 years and younger. Drop-in. / Jeux et livres seront mis à votre disposition pour vous amuser avec vos tout-petits. Pour enfants de 5 ans et moins. Aucune inscription requise.

Duration: 60 min

Registration required? No

Learn more about: Playtime / Jouons à la biblio

Legal Services and Tenant Rights in the Ottawa Community

February 10, 2016 - 4:00pm

The Community Legal Education and Outreach Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic provides a proactive focus to legal problems. Our goal is to inform and educate the community with respect to their legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. Join us to learn all about legal services and tenant rights.

Duration: 60 min

Registration required? No

Learn more about: Legal Services and Tenant Rights in the Ottawa Community

English Conversation Group / Groupe de conversation en anglais

February 10, 2016 - 6:30pm

Practice your English language conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. / Améliorez votre anglais parlé et rencontrez des gens dans un milieu décontracté.

Duration: 90 min

Registration required? No

Learn more about: English Conversation Group / Groupe de conversation en anglais

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Meeting Rooms

  • Auditorium

    Capacity: 189
    Information: 613-580-2940
  • Room B125

    Capacity: 35
    Information: 613-580-2940

About Main

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 is closed Sundays from June 14 to September 6, 2015.