Notice: St-Laurent Branch

14/06/2021

The St-Laurent branch is closed due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Step 1: Contactless services inside most open branches

14/06/2021

There are contactless services inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits in place, as of June 14, 2021, except at Metcalfe Village, Orléans and Rosemount. This means:

  • Holds can be picked up on shelves and checked out at self-checkout stations.
  • Borrowed items can be returned via book drops anytime.
  • Access to PCs, Chromebooks, and printing, where these are available.
  • Hours of operation remain the same, except at Osgoode.
  • Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line.

For details, go to Current Branch Services.

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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