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Locations of Archives

The City of Ottawa Archives has three locations. Find information about the services offered, the addresses and hours of each location. 

Central Archives, James K. Bartleman Centre

Photograph of the front of the James K. Bartleman Centre.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


Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

The Central Archives is always closed on Mondays, Sundays, and statutory holidays. 

Mailing address

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

Gloucester Archives

The Gloucester Archives 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

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.

Rideau Archives

Photograph of the Rideau Archives building.Built in 1876, the historic Town Hall of the former Township of North Gower has been home to the Rideau Archives since 1990. The collection includes records documenting the history of the City, with a special emphasis on records from the rural communities. The main collections include the records for the townships of Marlborough and North Gower, military research, local businesses, genealogical materials, historic buildings, community organizations, churches and schools.
The reference library consists of published works on local history and Canadiana, family histories, community histories, Canadian military history and heritage and local cookbooks. This 3,000 volume collection is growing rapidly. You may also be interested in Rideau Township Historical Society.
6581 Fourth Line Road (Main Street) 
North Gower, Ontario

Tel.: 613-489-2926

Tuesday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mailing address

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

Accessibility information - James Bartleman Archives

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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


Learn more about special needs and accessible services.