Set to open in late 2024, the OPL-LAC Joint Facility will become a landmark destination built on the shared values of the partner institutions. The facility will deliver a rich customer experience through Ottawa Public Library’s Central Library and Library and Archives Canada’s public services, exhibitions and events, which showcase Canada’s heritage. The joint programming and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada. It will be a modern, iconic facility that will respond to rapidly developing technology, growing customer expectations and changing demographics.

The building will have the following spaces:

Shared spaces

  • Entrance plaza
  • Outdoor space for programs, activities and gathering
  • Main entrance and Town Hall, featuring a café and gift shop
  • Multipurpose room
  • Gallery for rare and unique collections, travelling exhibits and community exhibits
  • Genealogy Centre
  • Building services and storage

Ottawa Public Library spaces

  • Entrance and self-service kiosks
  • Community services
  • Children’s Discovery Centre
  • Creative Centre
  • Teens’ Centre
  • Adult fiction and non-fiction
  • Living Ottawa: past, present and evolving community history
  • Service Coordination Centre
  • Corporate services and operations

Library and Archives Canada spaces

  • Entrance and Orientation space
  • Reference services
  • Reading room
  • Preservation lab