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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.

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