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  • UPDATE – Provincial announcement regarding public libraries and pickups


    We greatly appreciate the Province’s announcement that as part of the first phase of reopening libraries can begin to offer pick-up or delivery of materials. 

    There is a lot of work to do be able to offer these services while ensuring the safety of our employees and our customers. Our plan to resume our physical services needs to account for physical distancing requirements, provision of personal protective equipment, enhanced sanitary controls, and new protocols for employees and customers. We are working on offering holds pick-ups as soon as we can safely do so.  

    We will be communicating all new developments in our service offering to you on all our platforms, as soon as we have updates. 

    Thank you for your patience as we move through this rapidly evolving situation. 


    OPL branches, Bookmobile stops and Homebound delivery services are closed until June 30, 2020. The closure is in response to advice from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) with regards to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as the situation evolves. Currently, please note:  

    • Due dates for all currently checked out materials have been extended and late fees suspended.
    • Book drops are not available since branches are closed. Hold on to OPL items and return them when branches reopen. 
    • Holds are suspended, and pick up expiry dates extended. This includes interlibrary loans (ILL).
    • Meeting room rentals are cancelled, and fees are being refunded; and
    • Computer bookings, programs, events and outreach activities are cancelled.
    • Expired cards, or those about to expire, have been extended. 

    You can use the Library online:

    We thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon.

Ottawa History Websites

Our favourite sites for exploring Ottawa’s history at the click of a mouse!

  • Britannia: A History
    A collection of articles on the history of Britannia neighbourhood
  • Bytown or Bust:
    A digital history of eastern Ontario and western Quebec, 1600 to 2015
  • Capital History
    Stories about life and work in Canada's National Capital Region.  A project of the Carleton Centre for Public History.
  • Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
    Check the “History and Heritage” page for a timeline, map, etc. of this area
  • History of Ottawa East
    History Project of the Old Ottawa East Community Association
  • Kitichisippi Museum
    Dave Allston’s intriguing blog about west Ottawa’s little-known history
  • Lost Ottawa
    Facebook research community devoted to images of Ottawa and the Outaouais up to the year 2000.
  • Margins of History
    Christopher Ryan's blog covers varied stories from Ottawa’s history
  • Mid-Century Modern and 1970s-Era Ottawa
    A celebration of mid-century modern and 1970s residential design in Ottawa
  • OttawaHH
    Ottawa’s History and Heritage in Pictures
  • Ottawa Past & Present
    Photographic comparisons of Ottawa locations, in the past vs. today
  • Ottawa Rewind
    Not to be missed - Andrew King’s stories about fascinating and quirky episodes in Ottawa’s history
  • Ottawa South History Project
    Mapof heritage properties, essays, and stories from the Old Ottawa South Community Association
  • Richmond Heritage
    Richmond, Ontario in the nineteenth century
  • Sandy Hill History
    People, places and events from Sandy Hill's past, by François Bregha
  • Spacing Ottawa
    The blog of the urban design magazine, with many articles on Ottawa’s past
  • Today in Ottawa’s History:
    A day-by-day account of Ottawa’s history by James Powell
  • Urbsite  
    Compelling photographs and essays on Ottawa’s architecture, urban design, and history
  • Vanier Now:
    Articles about Vanier’s past, as well as the present.