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Central Archives, James K. Bartleman Centre

Central Archives building

COVID UPDATE: As of March 21, 2022, the City of Ottawa Archives remains open to the public by appointment only (in-person or virtual). Walk-in clients may be required to wait for an available appointment.

The Central Archives is the largest branch of the City of Ottawa Archives. Located in the James K. Bartleman Centre, the Central Archives has 4 climate-controlled vaults, a conservation lab and a gallery. This state-of-the-art facility opened to the public in June 2011, and won the Ontario Association of Architects Award for Design excellence in May 2012. It received LEED Gold certification in the same year.

Researchers can search the historical collections and have access to the collections kept in the vaults; while, the reference room features a non-circulating library with books about local history and the libraries of our partner organizations.

James K. Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive (Corner of Woodroffe)
Ottawa, Ontario

Tel.: 613-580-2857
Fax: 613-580-2614
Email: archives@ottawa.ca

Mailing address

City of Ottawa Archives c/o City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 1J1
Mail Code: 443

Accessibility information

100 Tallwood Drive
Nepean, ON

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.

Parking

  • 2 designated accessible parking spaces
  • Accessible path of travel from the parking lot to entrance with access aisle
  • 7 metres from parking space to the door

Passenger Loading Zone

  • Access isle
  • Cut curb
  • Hazard indicator

Entrance/Exit

  • 2 accessible entrances/doors
  • Accessible entrances clearly marked
  • Wide door (with power door opener) for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator
  • Power door operator

Interior

  • Power door access to all public areas of the facility
  • Public spaces are on accessible path of travel
  • Ramps and elevators to all levels
  • Accessible seating available

Reception desks

  • Accessible counters
  • Floor area for maneuvering a wheelchair
  • Swipe access accessible from wheelchair

Floor Surfaces

  • Slip resistant surfaces

Signage

  • Directional signs
  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage
  • “Way Finding”
  • Large lettering

Washrooms

  • On all floors
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Lowered towel dispensers
  • Lowered hand dryers
  • Lowered drinking fountains
  • Large stalls to allow transfers

Elevator/Lift

  • Access to all floors
  • Located at the main entrance
  • Doorway width is accessible
  • Visible door opening/closing and door indicators
  • Outside and inside controls have raised and Braille lettering

Telephone

  • In an accessible area
  • Public phone is hearing aid compatible
  • Adapted with volume control

Stairs

  • Continuous hand rails on both sides
  • Treads have a no slip surface
  • Colour contrast

Archives

  • Exhibition spaces are accessible
  • Videos captioned
  • Program information available in different formats
  • Interpretive labels/panels in large fonts and situated at an appropriate height for people using a wheelchair

Rideau Archives

Rideau Archives

COVID-19 UPDATE: As of March 21, 2022, the City of Ottawa Archives remains open to the public by appointment only (in-person or virtual). Walk-in clients may be required to wait for an available appointment.

Built in 1876, the historic Town Hall of the former Township of North Gower has been home to the Rideau Archives since 1990. The archival collections, documenting the history of rural south Ottawa, include the records of local businesses, families, buildings, community organizations, churches and schools in the townships of Marlborough and North Gower. The Reading Room also offers a non-circulating collection of published works on local history and Canadiana, family histories, community histories, military history and heritage and local cookbooks. This 3,000 volume collection is growing rapidly. Rideau Archives is staffed by volunteers, most from the local community or connected with Rideau Township Historical Society

6581 Fourth Line Road
North Gower, Ontario
Tel.: 613-489-2926
Email: rideauarchives@ottawa.ca
Tuesday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mailing address

City of Ottawa Archives 
100 Tallwood Drive
Ottawa,Ontario
K2G 6J9
Mail Code: 443

Accessibility information – Rideau Archives

6581 Fourth Line Road
Ottawa (North Gower), ON

The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time. The building is a designated heritage building.

Parking

  • No parking spaces associated with this facility
    • Street parking is available in front of the facility
  • Accessible path of travel from the street/sidewalk to entrance

Passenger Loading Zone

  • No loading zones associated with this facility
    • Loading is available in front of the facility

Entrance/Exit

  • Accessible entrances at front of building off street and at side, entering from North Gower Branch, Ottawa Public Library
  • Wide door at front for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor

Interior

  • Public spaces are on accessible path of travel
  • Accessible seating available
  • Facility is single storey
  • Floor area for maneuvering a wheelchair

Signage

  • Directional signs

Washrooms

  • This facility shares washrooms with the North Gower Branch, Ottawa Public Library
  • Washrooms are on main level
  • Lowered sink counters
  • Lowered soap dispensers
  • Washroom space allows transfers
  • Men’s washroom has fold-down infant change table

Telephone

  • No public telephone at this facility

Exhibits and Archives

  • All exhibition spaces are accessible
  • Program information available in different formats

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.

Gloucester Research Centre

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please contact Reference Services for assistance: archives@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2857. 

The Gloucester Research Centre is managed in association with the Gloucester Historical Society. The Grace Johnston History Room has books on local history, genealogy materials, community newspapers and other resources about the Township of Gloucester. Internet service is available.

For information about corporate records from the Township of Gloucester, including tax assessment rolls, council minutes, by-laws, photos and maps, please contact the Central Archives at archives@ottawa.ca

4550 Bank Street (at Leitrim Road)
Gloucester, Ontario
K1T 3W6
Information: 613-580-2857

To book an appointment

613-822-2076 (answering machine, your call will be returned)
Grace Johnston History Room: Thursdays 10 am to 3 pm from May to October, or by appointment only.

Rent a space

There are three meeting rooms at the Central Archives located in the James Bartleman Centre (100 Tallwood Drive) that are available to rent for meetings or events. The building has a public access WIFI network; you will need to obtain a code to access the network. All of our meeting rooms have access to a kitchenette. Contact the Central Archives (mailto: archivesrentals@ottawa.ca) for more information about renting a room or to book a rental. Please note: These meeting rooms are not available to book online.

The James Bartleman Centre is a scent free building.

Room 115

Room 115
 Room 115 is an open concept space and can be set up several ways. Seating options for Room 115 are determined by the chosen room set up. This will dictate the maximum number of attendees. There is a projector, screen and a/v equipment with both HDMI and VGA connectivity available for PCs. (Apple systems excluded. Must bring own adaptor.)

A kitchenette is attached to Room 115 and is available for use. All supplies must be provided by the renter.

Theatre style: 50 people with chairs
Groups: 6 groups of up to 8 people each, maximum of 48 people with chairs and tables 
Classroom style: maximum of 30 people with tables and chairs
Horseshoe: maximum of 20 people with tables and chairs
Central board room style: maximum of 28 people with tables and chairs
When the walls to the Atrium are open: maximum of 100-120 people with no chairs 

Room 226

Room 226
 Room 226 is permanently mounted in a boardroom configuration and it is fully a/v equipped with a projector, screen, SMART Board and a wireless keyboard. Video conferencing services are also available. Capacity: Maximum of 20 people. View more photos of the facilities.

 

Room 228

Room 228
 Room 228 is a conference room with a central table. Capacity: Maximum of 10 people. A portable screen is available however, you will need to bring your own projector. View more photos of the facilities.

 

 

Parking

As we are a LEED designated building, parking on site is extremely limited for all. Cars not parked in designated visitor parking areas will be asked to move. We ask that those attending meetings or events during the week park off-site, use alternative transportation, take OC Transpo or walk if you are coming from the area around Centrepointe or Constellation.