Regular hours resumed Sept. 7, 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


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


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


The elevator at Carlingwood branch is currently out of service. 

Alta Vista branch: Reopening October 22


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

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Research guide: church records

Church records contain information on baptisms, marriages, and burials, and usually also give the date of birth and death.  Church records are particularly valuable for the period before civil registration began, or when the civil registration record cannot be found.  Beyond baptism, marriage, and burial information, church records may provide information about an ancestor’s place of origin, year and place of settlement, family members, etc.

Church registers are kept in the parish or in the archives of the particular denomination.  Transcriptions of many church registers have been published by genealogical societies.

Where to find church records

Library resources


The library has an extensive collection of church register transcriptions for individual parishes in Ontario and Quebec.  To find these:

Online resources

Ancestry Library

  • Drouin collection of parish registers of all denominations from Quebec; selected Catholic parish registers from Ontario
  • Many church record collections from other countries;  Explore by Location for the country you are interested in

Généalogie Québec

  • Quebec parish registers up to the 21st century


Archives of Ontario Church Records

  • List of Archives of Ontario’s microfilm holdings of Ontario church records. Sources of Religious Records in Ontario explains where to look for religious records not held by the provincial archives.

Search tips

  • To use church records effectively, you need to know the denomination.  Religious denomination can be found in census records.
  • Keep in mind that a family’s religious denomination may change over time.  Check the denomination in the census closest to the event that you are seeking.