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. Find out more about these collections here.
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.
Saturday Feb 24, 2024 at 1:00pmJoin guest speakers David Truemner, researcher/archivist for the Scouts Canada National Museum, and Emma Kent, historian and Girl Guide leader, as they take us through...
Saturday Mar 23, 2024 at 1:00pmFrom the first known photograph of women playing hockey, taken at Rideau Hall... ...to Ontario's first women's hockey champions, the Ottawa Alerts... ...to Olympic figure-skating...
Saturday Apr 27, 2024 at 1:00pmThe Karsh brothers, arriving in Ottawa as young Amernian refugees, built careers as world-acclaimed photographers -- Yousuf with his penetrating portraits of some of the...
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 the centuries to become eyewitnesses to our local history.
Coverage is from 1845 to 2010, but you can access more recent full text content from September 1985 until now from Canadian Major Dailies ProQuest (Formerly Canadian Newsstand).