Ottawa Branch Library

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The City of Ottawa Archives
100 Tallwood Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Closed Mondays and all public holidays
9:00-4:00 Tuesdays – Fridays
10:00-5:00 Saturdays, except long weekends.
The Central Archives is always closed on Sundays, statutory holidays and long weekends.


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

The Ottawa Branch has donated a Canon M300 II microfilm / microfiche reader to the City of Ottawa Archives. It is available to members of the archive’s staff and the public. It is equipped with a computer to allow the electronic copying of any microfilm image. In order to copy an image you’ll need to bring a blank CD or a Jump Drive (USB Drive). There is no internet access for this machine so you cannot email a copy to yourself. A volunteer is usually available if you need help using the reader and make copies.

A computer is available for research purposes in the Reference Centre. One of the volunteers or staff will be able to assist you, if needed. Wi-Fi access is available at the City of Ottawa Archives if you prefer to bring your own laptop. Please check with the staff or volunteers at the Reference Desk for the access number which changes regularly.

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The Resource Centre also houses the libraries of the British Isles Family History Society of Ottawa (BIFHSGO), the Sir Guy Carleton Branch of the United Empire Loyalist Society, the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library (history of rail transportation in Canda), the Ottawa Repository of the Montreal/Ottawa Conference of the United Church, and the City Corporation’s historical collections and records.

Our Librarian cannot help with emailed inquiries. If you need to request an inquiry of our branch please refer to our Genealogical Inquiries page.

Volunteers help run the Resource Centre. They serve as monitors, giving limited advice about the collections to visiting researchers, collecting fees and re-shelving books. We can always use additional volunteers. Anyone willing to provide this valuable but not onerous service for half a day per week or a month should contact the librarian.

The library has a growing collection of over 5,000 catalogued items: including books, articles, maps, scrapbooks, family bible entries, lodge records, pedigree charts, many genealogical periodicals, a name index, IGI microfiche, and other genealogical holdings.

This is not a lending library. Please read this information carefully.

Free parking is available.

The telephone number of the Reference Centre is 613-580-2857

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