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Local history

OPL is committed to preserving Ottawa’s written heritage in all its depth and variety. Our local history collections illustrate the history of Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley, the evolution of its institutions, customs and peoples, and current conditions and events.

Local history reference materials 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, circulating copies of the most popular local history titles can be found at many branches. Together, our collections provide an extensive information resource on Ottawa and the surrounding area, both past and present.

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

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Archives Awareness Week poster
28/02/2019
The City of Ottawa Archives is celebrating its Archives Awareness Week on April 1...
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09/01/2019
2019 is underway and so are genealogy and local history programs at OPL! Our...
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06/09/2018
Think Ottawa's history is boring? Let us enlighten you! Join us at the Main...
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10/08/2018
If you are doing genealogy or local history research in Ottawa, you won't want...
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