Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) offers access to information and services through 33 physical branches, as well as online through OPL’s resources, services and programs can help people explore their family history. Library staff can assist with research and support the use of genealogy resources. Select branches, including Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland and Beaverbrook, have genealogy and local history collections which can aid in research.

Genealogy programs are also offered. Join the Genealogy Drop-in at the Nepean Centrepointe branch, hosted in partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society Ottawa Branch. Keep an eye out for other informational programs that happen throughout the year, including sessions that can help you get started with genealogy or more in-depth information about genealogy databases offered by OPL.

The following genealogy databases are through the Ottawa Public Library:

  • Ancestry Library (in-library use only)
  • Family Search Affliate Library (in-library use only)
  • Généalogie Québec
  • Globe and Mail Historical Newspapers
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
  • Ottawa Citizen Historical Newspapers
  • PRDH (Programme de recherche en démographie historique)

For up-to-date information about the Ottawa Public Library’s programs, services and resources, visit

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