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: Apr 14, 2017

  • The branch will be closed on Sundays, from June 11 to September 3, 2017.
    120 Metcalfe
    OttawaOntario K1P 5M2
    613-580-2940 (Infoservice)
Main / Centrale photo

Nearest branches

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377 Rideau
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1049 Bank
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18 Rosemount

***The parking garage elevator is currently out-of-service and will be for the next few weeks.***

Road access to Main branch will be limited on Saturday, March 11, as a result of the St. Patrick's Day parade.

The following roads will be closed:

  • Westbound lanes on Laurier Avenue between Nicholas Street and Elgin Street (7:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Laurier Avenue from City Hall to Bank Street

The branch will be open during regular branch hours.

What's happening at Main

From Elvis Presley performing in Ottawa to homegrown Kathleen Edwards of today, Ottawa has...
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Come to the Main Branch at 11 a.m. from Monday, March 27-Thursday, March 30...
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A stack of books with the top one open being a logo for the program Aging by the Book
Be part of a reading and discussion group that meets weekly for six weeks to explore the older adult experience as portrayed in a wide...


Monday Apr 24, 2017 at 1:30pm / until Jun 05, 2017

Family and Immigration Lawyer, Claire Tremblay, will offer an information session on sponsoring family members to come to Canada. Claire was recently featured in Ottawa...


Wednesday Apr 12, 2017 at 12:15pm

Genealogists and historians now have free access through OPL to a treasure trove of Canadian information! Early Canadiana Online is a virtual library of full-text...


Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 6:30pm

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