Ottawa Branch Library

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Location: Hours:
The City of Ottawa Archives 100 Tallwood Drive Ottawa, Ontario  
Tuesday – Friday:  9 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays and all Public Holidays

For current information about the City of Ottawa Archives including operation hours, please refer to their website.

The Ottawa Branch has donated a microfilm / microfiche reader to the City of Ottawa Archives and it is available for researching the microfilm / microfiche resources available in the Reference Room. It is equipped with a computer which allows you to electronically copy the images you need onto a Jump Drive (USB Drive) that you need to bring with you when you visit the Reference Room. There is no internet access for this machine so you cannot email a copy to yourself. A volunteer or staff member is available if you need help using the reader or making copies.

A couple computers are available for research purposed in the Reference Room, but we would recommend that you bring your own laptop with you as there is high demand for these two computers. Wi-Fi access is also available.

The Reference Room also housed the libraries of the:

  • Sir Guy Carleton Branch of the United Empire Loyalist Society,
  • Robert Craig Memorial Library (history of rail transportation in Canada),
  • Ottawa Repository of the Montreal/Ottawa Conference of the United Church, and
  • City Corporation’s historical collections and records.

Websites that are freely available in the Reference Room include:

  • Ancestry Institution.com
  • Newspapers.com (includes the Ottawa Journal)
  • Land Grants of Upper Canada from Library and Archives Canada which provides access to 87,000 land grants in Upper Canada
  • The McGill University digitized Belden County Atlases
  • British Newspaper Archives

If you are not able to come view our collection yourself, please check out our Genealogical Inquiries page

Volunteers help run the OGS Resource Centre portion of the Reference Room and serve as monitors, giving limited advice about the collections to visiting researchers and re-shelving all items. We can always use additional volunteers and if you are interested in joining this useful and much appreciated group, please contact our Librarian

Our collection currently contains over 9,000 items and is growing. This includes books, articles, maps, scrapbooks, family bible entries, lodge records, pedigree charts, numerous genealogical periodicals, a name index, IGI microfiche and other genealogical holdings.

Please remember: this is a reference library – not a lending library.

Parking is free.

If you need to contact the Reference Desk, please call 613-580-2857.

NOTE: Due to copyright laws, we do not accept requests to copy publications in our holdings. If you need copies of any material, contact the author or publisher.