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Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Contact Information[edit | edit source]


395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4


    613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free in Canada and the US)
    TTY: 613-992-6969 or 1-866-299-1699 (toll-free in Canada)
Fax: 613-995-6274

Hours and holidays:[2]

Registration Desk (Ground floor)
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Closed on Statutory Holidays
Canadian Genealogy Centre (3rd floor)
    Monday  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Tuesday  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Wednesday  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Thursday  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Friday  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    Saturday/Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Map, parking, and public transportation:[3]

Map. Online map.
Parking. There are paid parking spaces for Library and Archives Canada visitors on the west side of the building. Also, there are public parking lots and some metered street parking nearby.
Public Transit.
   Ottawa's OC Transpo take any bus travelling on Wellington, Albert, Slater, Queen or Bank streets.
   Gatineau's STO take any bus travelling on Wellington Street in Ottawa.

Internet sites and databases:

  • LAC Internet Site discover the collection, genealogy and family history, censuses, military records, research by topics, copies and visiting, services and programs, forum, news, photo gallery.
  • Genealogy and Family Hisory how-to-begin, birth, marriages, deaths, census, immigration, military, land, and employment records.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Canadian national (or regional) databases and collections which include millions of books, newspapers, and periodicals, 21.3 million photos, 343,000 works of art about topics like genealogy and family history, portraits, aboriginal peoples, biographies, censuses, citizenship, disasters, ethno-cultural groups, educational resources, exploration, film and broadcasting, immigration, literature, land records, maps, military, music and performing arts, Canadian national identity, philately and postal history, politics and government, roads, canals, and railroads, settlement, sports, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.[4]

Tips[edit | edit source]

Guides[edit | edit source]

The LAC has dozens of research aids. For example, some of interest to genealogists include:

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

Many Canadian libraries and archives have complementary collections. And some have microfilm copies of records from Library and Archives Canada. If you cannot visit or find a source at Library and Archives Canada, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, Canadian border crossings, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.
  • Allen County Public Library (Indiana) has a premier genealogical periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, American Indians, African Americans, and Canadians.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, national scope, 100 million name databases, 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, 20 million manuscrpt pages, vital records, periodicals for U.S., Canada, and Britsh Isles.
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and British Isles.

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).
  2. "Service and Opening Hours" in Visit Us at Library and Archives Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).
  3. Public Transit and Parking at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).
  4. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).