Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N4

Telephone: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777
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Textual documents and microform consultation rooms

Day Service hours
Monday 9 am to 8 pm
Tuesday 9 am to 8 pm
Wednesday 9 am to 8 pm
Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday No service
Statutory holidays No service


A paid parking lot is located at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, on the west side of the building.

There are also paid public parking lots and metered street parking nearby.


  • Accessible entrance and automatic door openers
  • Two elevators
  • Evacuation chairs
  • Wheelchair-accessible pay phones on the ground, second and third floors
  • Accessible public washrooms on the ground floor
  • Computerized workstations (adjustable table)
  • SuperNova magnifier and screen reader software
  • Electronic magnifiers and viewers capable of enlarging characters of books and microfiches

On the day of your visit

  1. You must bring these items with you:
  2. Sign in at the first-floor Commissionaires’ desk
  3. Put your personal items in a locker on the first floor:
    • coats
    • briefcases
    • food and beverages
    • umbrellas
  4. You may bring these items in the public rooms:
    • laptop computer, cell phone, camera (if you'd like to use a camera, you'll need to complete a Self-serve photography application form)
    • pencils and paper (pens are not permitted)
    • research material

Find your way around

First floor
  • Lobby and Commissionaire’s desk
  • Exhibition room (opening hours)
  • Lockers for personal belongings
Second floor
  • Orientation desk
  • Registration desk
  • Reference room
  • Lowy collection
  • Pellan room
Third floor
  • Genealogy room
  • Consultation room
  • Document lockers
  • Restricted documents consultation room
  • Microform consultation room
  • Special collections room
  • Digilab