Notice: St-Laurent Branch


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


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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Research guide: cemeteries

Cemetery records and headstone inscriptions provide valuable genealogical information.  Gravestones will usually provide birth and death dates, as well as names of spouses and other family members.  Cemetery records, or registers of burial, are maintained by cemeteries and may contain more detailed information than is found on the gravestone.  Cemetery records are especially important if the person was buried without a headstone, or if the inscription has become illegible over time.

Where to find cemetery information

Library Resources


Gravestone inscriptions for many cemeteries have been transcribed and published, notably by the Ontario Genealogical  Society.  Ottawa Public Library’s genealogy collection includes many cemetery transcriptions.  To find these:


Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

  • Search by name; provides name of cemetery and contact information for requesting further details

Deceased Online

  • United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland burial and cremation registers, mainly 1850 onwards.  Search is free, but there is a charge for viewing more information

The following websites allow you to search for a burial by name, and include either a transcription or a digitized image of the headstone.  Try more than one site, as they cover different cemeteries.

Find a Grave

Canadian Headstone Photo Project