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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: Aug 01, 2016

Main / Centrale photo

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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)

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

  • book with pokeball colouring
    Picture this: you’re browsing the recently returned manga trying to find the latest issue of Pokémon XY when suddenly our phone buzzes and a bulbasaur appears on the cart in front of you! As quick as you can you pull out a pokéball and...
  •   Why read sad books?   Personally, I think it’s the same reason we’re drawn to sad or angry music in difficult times in our lives. Or the reason we love art that is melancholy, and don’t always gravitate to pictures of bright...
  • Nov 03, 2016
    Join Alex Bissett on a photographic journey through Tahiti and the remote Marquesas Islands.
  • Jul 13, 2016 to / à Aug 17, 2016
    Join us for a conversation group and introduction to Mandarin Chinese language and culture! Some discussion and instruction will be in English. All are welcome!
  • Jul 09, 2016
    Fun + exercise + books + music + shared with your family = awesome! This program is geared for yogis from 2 to 99 years old. Bring a mat or towel.
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