Prepare for your Ottawa visit

​​Library and Archives Canada (LAC) currently offers limited seats by reservation at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa for visitors who need to consult the collection and resources. Starting on June 27, 2022, reservations are not required.

In-person reference appointments also resume on June 27. If you would like to arrange an in-person, telephone or Teams appointment with a reference specialist, send us your request using Ask us a question.

Please review the current safety measures before you visit.

Rooms and collections

Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

  • Textual Consultation Room (3rd floor)
  • Restricted Consultation Room (3rd floor)
  • Access to Microform Collection (3rd floor)
  • Special Collections Consultation Room (3rd floor)
  • Reference Room (2nd floor)
  • Genealogy Room (3rd floor)

Closed to the public

  • DigiLab

Order material

Please note that most collection material is stored off site, and there are limited deliveries per week.

To visit our rooms or order documents, you must have a user card.

Archival Documents, Restricted and Special Collections

Please request your material through the Material Retrieval Request form 10 days in advance of your visit date. A clerk will contact you once your material is ready.

Please note that access to documents may be affected by the move of a large part of the collection to our new Preservation Storage Facility in Gatineau. For more information, see the Moving the collection page.

Published Documents

As of June 20, 2022, you can order your published documents through the Aurora online catalogue.

Contact us

For assistance in planning your research or finding materials and resources, you can ask us a question online:

For any other general inquiries, visit Contact Us.

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