Jules Léger Library services for the public

The Library is open during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays).

All non-departmental visitors to the Jules Léger Library require a visitor's pass. To obtain a pass, please register at the Commissionaire's desk located in the lobby of the Lester B. Pearson Building (125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa). Valid identification is required.

Reference and research services

Professional librarians are available during opening hours to assist with reference and research. Contact the Library by phone at 343-203-6150 or by email to submit a research request.

The Library usually responds to research inquiries within 24 to 48 hours of receipt.

Interlibrary loan services to the public

The Library does not loan material directly to non-departmental clients. If you wish to borrow an item from the Library’s collection, please request an interlibrary loan through your local library.

Library staff strives to fulfill incoming interlibrary loan requests as soon as they are received. 

On average, interlibrary loans take 4 days to process if requested from within the National Capital Region (NCR), or 5 to 10 days if requested from outside the NCR.

Retired departmental staff and members of the diplomatic corps

Retired departmental staff and members of the diplomatic corps posted in Ottawa may borrow directly from the Library.

Members of the diplomatic corps must present their diplomatic passport or employee identification card to the Reference Desk staff. The Jules Léger Library can arrange for the interlibrary loan of work-related items on behalf of retired departmental staff, however, this service does not extend to members of the diplomatic corps posted in Ottawa.


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