The Ottawa Public Library is a wealth of resources for researching; in addition to a collection of reference books spread out across the system, there are a few specifics that I want to draw attention to with this blog post.
First, there are business resources available at the library as well as a librarian specializing in business. While advertised more specifically for those with queries of a business nature, the librarian can also give insight into historical questions involving Ottawa’s recent business history.
Another gem can be found on the third floor of the main branch on Metcalfe Street. This is the home of the Ottawa Room, a special collection dedicated to the preservation of Ottawa’s history. Started in 1955, the collection is an interesting selection of resources that include rare books, maps, government documents, and a myriad assembly of items that help to flesh out the history of Ottawa. As well as covering the historical Ottawa, the collection also holds items originating from the municipalities now included in present-day Ottawa as well as neighbouring locales.