Web maintenance: Aug. 5 to 6


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


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


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.

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Ottawa History Websites

Our favourite sites for exploring Ottawa’s history at the click of a mouse!

  • Britannia: A History
    A collection of articles on the history of Britannia neighbourhood
  • Bytown or Bust:
    A digital history of eastern Ontario and western Quebec, 1600 to 2015
  • Capital History
    Stories about life and work in Canada's National Capital Region.  A project of the Carleton Centre for Public History.
  • Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
    Check the “History and Heritage” page for a timeline, map, etc. of this area
  • History of Ottawa East
    History Project of the Old Ottawa East Community Association
  • Kitichisippi Museum
    Dave Allston’s intriguing blog about west Ottawa’s little-known history
  • Lost Ottawa
    Facebook research community devoted to images of Ottawa and the Outaouais up to the year 2000.
  • Margins of History
    Christopher Ryan's blog covers varied stories from Ottawa’s history
  • Mid-Century Modern and 1970s-Era Ottawa
    A celebration of mid-century modern and 1970s residential design in Ottawa
  • OttawaHH
    Ottawa’s History and Heritage in Pictures
  • Ottawa Past & Present
    Photographic comparisons of Ottawa locations, in the past vs. today
  • Ottawa Rewind
    Not to be missed - Andrew King’s stories about fascinating and quirky episodes in Ottawa’s history
  • Ottawa South History Project
    Mapof heritage properties, essays, and stories from the Old Ottawa South Community Association
  • Richmond Heritage
    Richmond, Ontario in the nineteenth century
  • Sandy Hill History
    People, places and events from Sandy Hill's past, by François Bregha
  • Spacing Ottawa
    The blog of the urban design magazine, with many articles on Ottawa’s past
  • Today in Ottawa’s History:
    A day-by-day account of Ottawa’s history by James Powell
  • Urbsite  
    Compelling photographs and essays on Ottawa’s architecture, urban design, and history
  • Vanier Now:
    Articles about Vanier’s past, as well as the present.