Hours this week
Day of weekOpening times
Monday10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Next holiday closure: Dec 25, 2016

  • 377 Rideau
    OttawaOntario K1N 5Y6

Nearest branches

120 Metcalfe
515 Côté
310 Pères Blancs
  • Book drop open 24 hours
  • Credit cards/Interac Accepted
  • Free parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wireless Access
  • Heritage building
  • Battery recycling

The Rideau branch will be closed from Monday, December 5 to Thursday, December 15, inclusive, for improvements. It will reopen Friday, December 16

During the closure:

  • The branch will be fully converted to Radio-Frequency Identification technology or RFID.
  • A new point of service will be installed.

A temporary book drop will be available during the closure.

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Saturday Feb 11, 2017 at 2:00pm

Explore Canadian comic books and make your own. / Explore la bande dessinée canadienne et crée la tienne. Ages 7-12.


Friday Mar 17, 2017 at 2:00pm

Celebrate Canada with stories, rhymes, and songs for children of all ages, and a parent or caregiver. / Célébrez le Canada en contes, comptines et...


Tuesday Mar 14, 2017 at 10:30am

List of meeting rooms, capacities and links to reserve.
Title Capacity Rates Book this room
Program room 40 Regular Room Rates

Branch features

The Rideau branch has the atmosphere of a heritage library with all the modern conveniences. One of the older libraries in the city, the Rideau branch is close to shopping and restaurants in the Byward Market and the Rideau Street corridor. The branch was opened in 1934 by former Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden and has maintained its old world charm. The Rideau branch displays a range of artwork from 1945 to 2015.