Ādisōke

Welcome to Ādisōke, your new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility.

In Anishinābemowin Algonquin language, Ādisōke refers to the telling of stories, which are at the heart of Anishinābe Algonquin culture and the vision of both founding institutions. The result of unprecedented partnerships and community engagement, the story of this groundbreaking project is about two major public institutions coming together to build a place where—when its doors open in 2026—Ottawa residents, Canadians and visitors from around the world will come together to connect to learn, discover, and create. Watch below!

On August 5, 2021, the Ottawa Public Library-Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility was named Ādisōke by members and Elders of Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, on behalf of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation. Ādisōke is an Anishinābemowin word that refers to the telling of stories. A new video features Elders and members of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation sharing what Ādisōke means to them.

"A library is a gateway into a whole lot of other worlds. We always visit the local library when we’re in another town or another country, because they celebrate and reflect the community they’re in."

~ A longtime OPL customer