Ottawa Branch Library

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Location: Hours:
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 inquiries web 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.



  1. Please go to for instructions on submitting Inquiries to Ottawa Branch. Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement and assistance. My dad and I are here from Alberta, have spent the past 7 days researching at the provincial and national archives, as well as a few days in the local towns. After 15 years of serious searching and the paid services of a professional genealogist, we have not found what we are looking for. We appreciate those we have encountered in Toronto, Cornwall, Morrisburg, and Ottawa. If someone has information about the Wait(e) family, we would appreciate hearing from them. Perhaps we will be able to return the goodwill one day.

      1. Kelli, you might consider preparing a short query on the family and submitting it to the editor to be included in the next issue of The Ottawa Genealogist. It has a circulation of about 500 genealogist interested in the local area. The deadline for the next issue is the beginning of December.

      2. My family is considering dispersing the ashes of our loved one who was cremated. However, we are concerned that this will make future genealogy research difficult if there is no cemetary record. We would greatly appreciate your advice.

        1. Lise, there will likely be plenty of records from today for those researching in the future, so I would not worry about the lack of a cemetery record. I hope that your own research will also be available for your descendants.

          1. Dear Branch Co-Chair, thank you so much for your reply. This certainly sets my mind at ease. We can proceed with dispersing my husband’s ashes with no further genealogical concerns. With appreciation, …Lise

          2. How do I request a marriage for Adam Van Valkenburg and Anna Diamond who were married on April 2 1811 in Ottawa?

            I am not even certain if they were married in Ottawa. I am from Michigan and cannot make the trip to Ottawa to look at microfilm, etc.

            I followed some of the links and they appear to be “dead links”(form for payment).

          3. How do I locate Obituaries for James White who died in Ottawa October 22, 1929 and his son Frank White who died in Ottawa some time in 1938.

            Glen McKenzie
            Swan River, Manitoba

            1. Please see the Genealogical Inquiries page at for assistance from the volunteers

            2. a Question: Do have back copies of Kawartha Bulletin, Kawartha branch OGS ? If so, are they indexed ? I am looking for Anglican marriage records for Cavan twp.,Ontario. in the 1800’s,pre-civil registration period. I understand from Kawartha that they are in about 5 or6 issues.

              1. Select the Searchable Library Catalog link and then type in Kawartha and you see what we have concerning Kawartha.

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