Doors Open Ontario

While this site has participated in Doors Open Ontario in the past, it is not part of the current season’s program. Please check the Home page for this year’s events and participating sites.

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 reading room, upgraded in 2018. Photography allowed.

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  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking

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 6 – Sunday June 7, 2020
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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