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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
Sunday1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Next holiday closure: Jul 01, 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)
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

  • May in Ottawa has been officially adopted as Bike to Work Month.  Staff at the Main branch have once again formed an enthusiastic team committed to cycling to the branch or “running” other errands on two wheels.  With just over a...
  • Are you between the ages of 15-29? Get help with your job search for full-time, part-time or summer jobs! St. Lawrence College Employment Service Staff will be on site in room 117 at the Main branch (120 Metcalfe Street) at 5PM on...
  • Aug 11, 2016
    Learn how to use the web-based e-mail called Gmail. Basic computer skills and a Gmail account are required. To get your Gmail account, call 613-580-2424, x32152 or x32161.
  • Jul 28, 2016
    This workshop will teach students how to do 3 basic searches in Google, a keyword search, a phrase search and an advanced search. Students will also learn how to navigate the results screen and how to evaluate their search results. Some...
  • Jul 14, 2016
    Hands-on workshop teaching Internet Explorer. Basic computer skills required.
Title Capacity Rates Note Book this room
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.
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.

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