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Local history

Stony Monday riot, the rabid Duke of Richmond, rowdy lumberjacks and eccentric geniuses. . . Ottawa's history is anything but boring!  And OPL is the place to find out all about it.  Our local history collections tell the stories of the people, customs, and institutions that built Ottawa and the surrounding communities.

Reference materials, including books, newspapers, directories, and municipal reports, can be consulted at Main, Nepean Centrepointe, or Beaverbrook branches.  In addition, OPL is pleased to house the collections of 3 local history societies. Find out more about these collections here.

And, of course, the most popular local history titles are available to borrow at many branches.  Together, OPL's local history collections provide an extensive resource on Ottawa and the surrounding area, past and present.

Events

  • Saturday Jun 1, 2024 at 2:30pm
    What did Ottawa look like millions of years ago? We can get a peek by looking at and studying ancient fossils found in this area...

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