Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6

04/08/2021

Bibliocommons, our catalogue provider, will be performing system maintenance and will be inaccessible from Aug. 5 to 6 from 10 pm to 4 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Temporary closure: Alta Vista

05/08/2021

Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 17. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 18 at 10 am.   

Step 3: More services inside most open branches

29/07/2021

Browsing, public computers, newspapers and magazines are available inside most of our 31 open branches, with capacity limits for two-metre distancing. Up to 200 items can also be put on hold.

Starting July 26:

Mask-wearing remains mandatory inside, and outside in line. For more details, go to Current Branch Services.

You are here

Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Collection

Circulating collection

A wide selection of genealogy books, e-books, and DVDs can be borrowed. These include:

Reference collection

  • Located at MainNepean Centrepointe, and Cumberland branches
  • Includes:
    • census indexes
    • indexes to civil registration
    • cemetery and church record transcriptions
    • indexes to land records
    • newspaper indexes
    • historical Ottawa newspapers
    • city and county directories
    • family histories
    • local and county histories
    • historical atlases and maps
  • Our collection concentrates most heavily on the Ottawa Valley, southeastern Ontario, and southwestern Quebec, but the rest of Ontario and other provinces are also covered

Finding library materials

Look for material in the library’s online catalogue. Searching tips:

  • To find the genealogy of a specific family