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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Research guide: cemeteries

Cemetery records and headstone inscriptions provide valuable genealogical information.  Gravestones will usually provide birth and death dates, as well as names of spouses and other family members.  Cemetery records, or registers of burial, are maintained by cemeteries and may contain more detailed information than is found on the gravestone.  Cemetery records are especially important if the person was buried without a headstone, or if the inscription has become illegible over time.

Where to find cemetery information

Library Resources


Gravestone inscriptions for many cemeteries have been transcribed and published, notably by the Ontario Genealogical  Society.  Ottawa Public Library’s genealogy collection includes many cemetery transcriptions.  To find these:


Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid

  • Search by name; provides name of cemetery and contact information for requesting further details

Deceased Online

  • United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland burial and cremation registers, mainly 1850 onwards.  Search is free, but there is a charge for viewing more information

The following websites allow you to search for a burial by name, and include either a transcription or a digitized image of the headstone.  Try more than one site, as they cover different cemeteries.

Find a Grave

Canadian Headstone Photo Project