Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario had another successful season! Nearly 500,000 people visited sites in communities across the province. Thanks to our sponsors, partners and volunteers for their support, and to all who participated. Stay tuned for information about next season …

Library of Parliament (former Bank of Nova Scotia) Doors Open Ottawa

Library of Parliament (former Bank of Nova Scotia)

Discover the interim main library inside a former bank – designed in 1924 by John Lyle, one of Canada’s leading beaux-arts architects. In this unique setting, where modernism rubs against a classical esthetic, you will learn about the Library of Parliament’s collections and services as well as have a look inside its new reading room, upgraded in 2018. Photography allowed.

Tell us your story about this site

  • Parking
  • Full wheelchair access

Contact info

125 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario


Year built: 1924
Architect: John Lyle
Architectural style: Beaux arts
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Saturday June 1 – Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Library of Parliament (former Bank of Nova Scotia) 125 Sparks Street