The Central Branch at Ādisōke!

  • 2022

  • 2023

  • 2024

  • 2025

  • 2026

Welcome to the Central branch at Ādisōke! Our new, accessible, spectacular joint facility with with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), is set to open in 2026. Central libraries are transformational social infrastructure projects that build, strengthen, enrich communities and bring people together.

With a central location on the historic LeBreton Flats, our Central branch at Ādisōke will provide access to:

  • the latest creative technologies
  • beautiful spaces to work and study
  • high-quality literacy programs
  • events with local and national artists
  • exceptional collections.

The participation of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, the urban Indigenous communities, library employees, library clients, and Ottawa residents have been essential to the process of designing a public library that is accessible, inclusive and welcoming.

View of exterior of Adisoke, landscape

Every floor and area at Ādisōke is designed to inspire, to spark curiosity, to promote exploration. 

View of Genealogy Centre

Second Floor
play, learn, celebrate diversity

On this floor, the children will play, the Indigenous community will gather and share knowledge, and visitors will connect with their city and roots.

Here you will find:

  • View of Community Services area with view of the Circular Lodge
  • Floor map of second floor, with area of Community Services and Circular Lodges highlighted

This space includes world languages, literacy and language learning collections, audio-visual collections, accessible formats. There is a prayer/meditation room, meeting rooms of various sizes, and a peaceful exterior seating space to enjoy.

  • Circular Room interior view
  • Floor map of second floor with Circular Lodge area highlighted

Developed in collaboration with the Elders and members of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, this Indigenous Space will showcase Indigenous culture, languages and knowledge and become a place for Indigenous gathering and cross-cultural sharing for the community.

  • View of Living Ottawa
  • Map of second floor with Living Ottawa area highlighted

Learn about Ottawa’s past, present and future in this area where historical materials are preserved, and current events are celebrated as the history of tomorrow

  • View of inside the Genealogy Centre
  • View of the second floor with Genealogy Centre highlighted

A must stop for all people interested in genealogy research! This world-class research centre at the heart of the facility brings together LAC and OPL’s extensive genealogical collections.

  • View of Children's Discovery Centre
  • Map of second floor with section of Children's Discovery Centre highlighted

This vibrant and playful centre includes play and discovery areas, creation and early literacy centres, research computer stations, ample seating, a multipurpose room for education programs, the Children’s Wigwam Room for Storytime, and a Sensory Room for children and families with special needs.

View of entrance to third floor, service touch point

Third Floor
relax, create, innovate

This is a space where people of all ages can innovate and create, and where teens can have their space to explore ideas, and learn together.

Here you will find:

  • View of Teen Centre
  • floor map of third floor, Teen Centre highlighted

A space for youth to explore ideas, unlock their creativity and discover their independence and autonomy. It will include maker spaces, and areas for performances, group gatherings and quiet study. 

People of all ages and in all stages of life can visit this state-of-the-art makerspace and use innovative digital and analogue tools to create and learn.   

View of fourth floor, book shelves

Fourth floor
research, consult, collaborate 

On this floor, members of the community and partner organizations will find the tools and spaces they need to find a job, access a service, or start a business. 

Here you will find:

  • View of fourth floor map with outreach offices highlighted

Community partners working to make Ottawa a safer, healthier city will have space to work and provide important services to those in need. 

  • View of fourth floor book shelves, adult non-fiction section
  • Map of fourth floor with non-fiction section highlighted

Browse the OPL’s extensive collection non-fiction works, and relax on a comfortable chair to read or take in the view.

  • View of fourth floor map with Computer Lab section highlighted

Need to brush up on some computer skills? Here’s a space where you can take a free class and improve your digital literacy. 

  • View of fourth floor map with Musical Instrument Library and Rehearsal Room highlighted

Unlock your musical potential by borrowing guitars, percussion, strings, and keyboards. Try the instrument out or do a virtual lesson in the Rehearsal Room around the corner. 

  • Floor map of fourth floor with Business Centre area highlighted

A co-working space for entrepreneurs, students, and remote workers. Use this space to hold virtual or in-person meetings, to do some focused work, or to use office equipment—or attend a program on how to launch your new venture.

View of fifth floor reading area

Fifth Floor
read, meet, unwind

Welcome to the top floor of Ādisōke, where the views of Ottawa, the Ottawa River and the Gatineau hills are simply breathtaking.

A perfect location for comfortable reading, receptions, and a restaurant.

Here you will find:

  • Image of the Civic Reception Room
  • Fifth floor map with area of Civic Reception Centre highlighted

A stunning venue for library programs, or to host meetings, gatherings, receptions, and events of all kinds.

  • View of fifth floor reading area
  • Map of fifth floor with Reading Area highlighted

These beautiful, light-filled spaces will offer large collections to browse, and comfortable reading areas with spectacular views.

  • Restaurant view
  • Map of fifth floor with restaurant area highlighted

Take time to recharge and unwind in a restaurant offering the best of views, beverages, and meals.

  • View towards Community Kitchen
  • Fifth floor map with Community Kitchen area highlighted

Take part in library and partner programs demonstrating cooking techniques and processes.

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