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Local history

Stony Monday riot, the rabid Duke of Richmond, rowdy lumberjacks and eccentric geniuses. . . Ottawa's history is anything but boring!  And OPL is the place to find out all about it.  Our local history collections tell the stories of the people, customs, and institutions that built Ottawa and the surrounding communities.

Reference materials, including books, newspapers, directories, and municipal reports, can be consulted at Main, Nepean Centrepointe, or Beaverbrook branches.  In addition, OPL is pleased to house the collections of 3 local history societies.  And, of course, the most popular local history titles are available to borrow at many branches.  Together, OPL's local history collections provide an extensive resource on Ottawa and the surrounding area, past and present.

Our local history librarians are available to help with your research. 

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Blogs

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08/04/2019
Thinking about starting your family tree, or researching the history of your house? Wondering...
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01/04/2019
Are you thinking of starting your family tree, or do you need a little...
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19/03/2019
Morbid as it may seem, obituaries can be a genealogist's favourite reading material. Not...
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28/02/2019
The City of Ottawa Archives is celebrating its Archives Awareness Week on April 1...
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