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  • Contactless Returns and Holds Pickup Service at OPL


    OPL is offering contactless returns and holds pickup service at select branches, during new hours of operation. Find the details of this new service and branch opening dates here.

    • RETURNS will be accepted only during hours of operation, no appointment necessary. Due dates for currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • HOLDS PICKUPS are by appointment only. Make an appointment here.

    In accordance with Ottawa Public Health directive, please wear a mask when entering a branch.

    For information about Library cards, virtual programs, and more, contact  InfoService by phone or email.

Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History Fair

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Are you interested in family history?  Curious about the history of Ottawa?  Drop in to:

  • Enjoy genealogy and local history presentations
  • Visit displays from local museums, historical and genealogy societies
  • Bring your questions for consultation with genealogy specialists in the Resource Room


  • 10:00 a.m.:  Research in Archives, Libraries, Historical Societies - Library and Archves Canada, BIFHSGO, OPL
  • 11:00 a.m.:  DNA: What do the matches mean? - Leanne Cooper
  • 1:00 p.m.:   Free Online Resources for the Frugal Genealogist - Gail Dever, Genealogy à la carte
  • 2:00 p.m.:   House History: Researching Your Building or Property - Stuart Clarkson, City of Ottawa Archives

All activities are free.  Registration not required.  Offered in partnership with British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO)




Age group

Adults 50-plus