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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Blogs

10/04/2018
Thinking about starting your family tree? Wondering what those DNA tests really tell you?...
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23/04/2018
This image shows the Ottawa Public Library bookmobile
06/04/2018
Happy National Bookmobile Day! On April 11th, we celebrate this wonderful service that has...
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26/04/2018
historical postcards of Ottawa
08/02/2018
February is Heritage Month! OPL celebrates Franco-Ontarian heritage on February 26 with "Une passion...
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28/02/2018
15/01/2018
Born a slave in Kentucky in 1848, Paul Barber learned to train and care...
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02/02/2018