Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 2021

15/10/2021

Ottawa Public Library has returned to regular pre-pandemic hours at most branches as of September 7, 2021 — including Sunday hours at 10 branches and InfoService. Hours are posted at branch entrances and on the Hours and location page of the OPL website.   

 

Carp Branch

18/10/2021

Carp branch will be closed on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 for operational use by the City of Ottawa. Regular service will resume Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 at 10 am. 

Overdrive: Issues with older Apple devices or browsers

12/10/2021

Recent changes by Overdrive and Libby have impacted compatibility with older versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems. Those who use older Apple devices (Mac computers running lower than macOS 10.12.1 and iPhones/iPads running iOS 9) may have trouble using the OverDrive desktop or mobile apps, while Libby is no longer supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

Carlingwood branch: Elevator out of service

18/10/2021

The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22

21/10/2021

Alta Vista branch will return to regular service and hours on Friday, October 22, 2021.

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Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Collection

Circulating collection

A wide selection of genealogy books, e-books, and DVDs can be borrowed. These include:

Reference collection

  • Located at MainNepean Centrepointe, and Cumberland branches
  • Includes:
    • census indexes
    • indexes to civil registration
    • cemetery and church record transcriptions
    • indexes to land records
    • newspaper indexes
    • historical Ottawa newspapers
    • city and county directories
    • family histories
    • local and county histories
    • historical atlases and maps
  • Our collection concentrates most heavily on the Ottawa Valley, southeastern Ontario, and southwestern Quebec, but the rest of Ontario and other provinces are also covered

Finding library materials

Look for material in the library’s online catalogue. Searching tips:

  • To find the genealogy of a specific family