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  • New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service begins in June


    OPL will offer a new Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, Ruth E. Dickson, during new hours of operation.

    • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
    • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

    Find the details of this new curbside service here.

    All OPL branches and Bookmobile stops remain closed to the public.

    • Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • All book drops remain closed.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email
    from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.


Ottawa Public Library resources, services and programs help people explore their family history.

External Events

Virtual Genealogy

Drop in to share research strategies, & discover what resources are available for your research. Volunteers from The Ontario Genealogical Society will be here to...


Tuesday Jun 9, 2020 at 2:00pm / until Jun 30, 2020

Online resources

Genealogy databases

Ancestry Library

A collection of thousands of individual genealogy databases from many different institutions. It includes American, Canadian and U.K. sources as well as some for Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Canadian coverage includes major sources such as the censuses from 1851...
This remote access will be valid temporarily until June 30, 2020. Previously Ancestry Library was only available for in-library use.
Genealogy databases

Early Canadiana Online

This bilingual online resource offers historical content about Canada from the first European settlers to the early 20th century. This includes digitized books, magazines and government documents and spans 21 languages.
Genealogy databases

Généalogie Québec

In-Library Use Only. Provides access to over 42,000,000 images and files from the origins of New France to today, drawn from the search tools of the Drouin Genealogical Institute. Includes baptism and death certificates (1621-1849), the Fond Drouin registries from...
Genealogy databases

Globe and Mail _ ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1844-2016)

This digitized version of The Globe and Mail includes all of the newspapers' sections, images, classifieds, advertisements, births, deaths, political cartoons and more for the dates covered. Users can browse by date or perform a keyword search.
Genealogy databases

Ottawa Citizen - ProQuest Historical Newspapers (1845 - 2010)

This digitized full-images archives of the Ottawa Citizen provides genealogists, researchers and general public with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. This will allow Ottawans to digitally travel back through...
Genealogy databases

PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique)

In-Library Use Only. Database containing a directory of civil status records (baptisms, marriages and burials) in Quebec (1621-1799), a genealogical dictionary of families (1621-1765) and a directory of couples and descendants. The PRDH’s mandate is to help piece together the...


Free webinars by Ancestry Canada

Ancestry Canada features two new Ancestry Extra presentations every week on Tuesday and Thursday...

Genealogy in the Summer

Are you wanting to learn more about the new tools for exploring the mysteries...

Digitization Lab - Launch Event

On Friday, April 12th, the Beaverbrook Branch celebrated the launch of its new Digitization...
OPL genealogy logo

Discover Your Roots 2019: Genealogy and Local History Fair

Thinking about starting your family tree, or researching the history of your house? Wondering...