Recognized as Canada’s most educated city, it’s no surprise that Ottawa has a vast array of libraries, research centres, independent bookstores and local authors. Whether you’re looking for a new thriller novel or are researching for a class paper, our Ottawa book guide is here to help.
- Ottawa Library
Related: Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association
- Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau
- Carleton University: MacOdrum Library
- University of Ottawa Library
- Algonquin College Learning Resource Centre
- Université du Québec en Outaouais: Bibliothèque
- Canadian Museum of Civilization Library & Archives
- Canadian War Museum Military Research Centre
- Library and Archives Canada
Related: Friends of Library and Archives Canada
Independent Book Stores
- Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer)
- Book Bazaar (417 Bank, 233-4380)
- Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave, 742-5030)
- Bytown Bookshop
- Coin Du Livre (1657 Cyrville Rd, 746-1242)
- Haven Books (43 Seneca, 730-9888)
- Librairie du Centre (435 Donald 747-1553)
- Mill Street Books (Almonte)
- Octopus Books
- Perfect Books
- Polish Bookstore in Ottawa
- Prospero The Book Company (128 Bank St., 238-7683)
- Renouf Books (1-5369 Canotek Rd., 745-2665)
- Salem Storehouse
- Serendipity Books and Gifts (1337-B Wellington, 722-3400)
- Singing Pebble Books (202-A Main, 230-9165)
- World of Maps and Travel Books (1191 Wellington, 724-6776)
- The New Octopus Bookstore (116 Third Ave, 233-2589)
- Girol Spanish and Portuguese Books (closed the store but distributes online)
- All Books (327 Rideau, 789-9544)
- Bay Used Books (68-A Robertson Rd, 829-7157)
- Crosstown Traffic (593-C Bank, 234-1210)
- Birder’s Corner (101-2 Beechwood Ave, 741-0945)
- Health Sciences Book Store (501 Smyth, 737-8847)
- Dark Age Comics
- Myths Legends & Heroes
- Comet Comics
- Cave Comics – 739-7831
- Fandom II, 162 Laurier Avenue West, (613) 236-2972
- The Comic Book Shoppe
- The Wizard’s Tower – 569-3317
Antiquarian & Used Books
Campus Book Stores
- Agora Bookstore (145 Besserer)
- Algonquin College First Class Bookstore
- Carleton University book store
- University of Ottawa book store
Writing & Translation Services
- Ascribe Writing Communications
- Clive Pyne Book Indexing
- Devonia Technical Writing
- Ottawa Independent Writers
- Ottawa Storytellers
“This association exists to promote the art of storytelling in our community, to nurture and inspire both beginning and experienced storytellers, and to provide tellers and listeners of all ages with opportunities to come together to share and enjoy stories.”
- Ottawa Translation
- Words For Sale
- The Writing Coach
- Writer’s Deadline Mailing List
Local Writers & Books
- Peggy Blair
- Catherine Brunelle, The Adventures of Claire Never Ending
- Todd Coopee, Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven
- Michael and Renate Eisele
- Darryl McMahon: The Emperor’s New Hydrogen Economy
- Shaun Markey, Folk Art in the Attic
- The Road to God Knows…
- The Trivia Guys
- Darrilyn M. Wilson mystery writer
- Wisdom and Delight
- Joe Banks, the Osgoode Village Story
- David McGee, Lost Ottawa
Writing & Literary events
- Ottawa Independent Writers
- ARC Magazine
- Capital Crime Writers
Capital Crime Writers has over seventy members who meet on the second Monday, holding workshops and inviting guest speakers. Over the years there have been forensic pathologists, lawyers, police officers, private investigators, script writers, editors – the list goes on.
- Ottawa Science Fiction Society
- Small Press Book Fair
- Stittsville Creative Writing Group
- Writers Festival
Books about Ottawa
- Ottawa: The Unknown City by Rob McLennan
Ottawa may be our capital city but it’s also a place of contradictions—the official version offers numerous, beneficent historic sites, institutions, museums, and galleries, but there are other stories to be told. In this latest edition of Arsenal’s Unknown City series of alternativecity guides for both locals and tourists, Ottawa comes alive as a diverse, quirky town that may look like a government city on the surface but boasts a small-town charm. The book charts a course through the city’s hidden landmarks, shopping, dining, and nightlife hot spots, as well as secret histories that will come as a surprise even to life-long locals.
- Secret Ottawa by Laura Byrne Paquet. Secret Ottawa reveals a side of the capital that most visitors-and many locals-never see. Find out where you can spot a blue heron at sunrise, eat Sri Lankan string hoppers, buy armour or angels, or work out at 3:00 a.m. From cycling to sundials, and waterfalls to wine, Secret Ottawa is your guide to the city’s hidden treasures.
- Frommer’s® Ottawa by Louise Dearden. Covers everything Ottawa has to offer, including visual and performing arts, historic monuments, and world-class outdoor sports and recreation.
- Capital Dining by Anne DesBrisay. Ottawa’s top restaurant critic and the author of the Citizen’s popular “Dining Out” column, Anne DesBrisay recommends over 150 restaurants in the National Capital Region. This is the second edition of Capital Dining—new and updated for 2008.
- Capital Walks: Walking Tours of Ottawa by Katharine Fletcher.
- Ottawa with Kids by James Hale. The complete family travel guide to attractions, sites and events in Ottawa.
- The Lobster kids’ guide to exploring Ottawa-Hull by John Symon. Whether you’re a parent, an educator or a tourist, if you’re caring for children between the ages of 1-12, this book is the perfect answer. More than 100 suggestions for fun-filled family activities in the National Capital Region.
- Frommer’s® Ottawa with Kids by Louise Dearden. Reveals the most fun and educational experiences for kids in Canada’s capital. It’s full of incredibly detailed tips – right down to which hotels offer cribs and rollaway beds and which restaurants offer high chairs.
- The Hike It Bike It Walk It Drive It Guide: to Ottawa, the Gatineau, Kingston & Beyond by Ann Campbell. Features a variety of outdoor daytrips in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Contains maps, directions, up-to-date info and contact phone numbers.
- Ottawa: A colourguide by Carol Martin. Museums, festivals, Parliament Hill, accomodation, heritage sites, dining, recreation, shopping, galleries.