Hours of Operation
Sundays and Mondays:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
Morning 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Afternoon 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Evening 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Second and fourth Saturdays of the month
Morning 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
First, third and fifth Saturdays of the month:
Items already in our Family History Center in Ottawa are available to anyone at no cost. The following is a short list shows some of our more important resources. Since our collection is fairly large, we have made the database available on-line as a Keyword Search and also as a number checker, so that ordering duplicates can be avoided.
Ordering Microfilms and Microfiches
The Family History Library in Utah loans microfilms and microfiches to its more than 4,500 Family History Centers throughout the world. Films and fiches can be ordered through the FamilySearch Microfilm Ordering Site. Please order carefully, as it is very easy to order a wrong film. Delivery time is usually about five weeks. Films and fiches remain the property of the Genealogical Society of Utah and may not be removed from the Center.
Short Term Microfilm loan: $8.00
Microfilm renewal: $8.00
Extended Microfilm loan: $20.00
Extended Microfiche loan: $5.00
Film readers and computers may be reserved over the phone or in person. There are thirteen microfilm readers, two of which have high magnification lenses for 16mm films. There are two microfiche readers as well. Our Internet-capable computers may be reserved for one hour sessions. A number of commercial genealogy sites can be accessed at no charge through our Family History Library portal.
A microfilm copier is available to make copies from films and fiches. The cost is 10¢ per paper copy, or no charge for images copied to a memory stick. Printing from computers is 10¢ per page. A photocopy from a book is also 10¢. Digital cameras are permitted in the Center as sometimes it is the best way to get a high quality copy.
All copying is restricted to fair personal use. Posting copied images on a website is contrary to the terms that were made when the records were first microfilmed, and may create legal problems for the Church.
Church Headquarters continues to field questions about closing and phasing out Family History Centers. Perhaps these rumors are fueled by consolidation of centers in Utah, or by the online technology trends of FamilySearch. We can unequivocally state that there are no plans to close or phase out Family History Centers. They remain a vital part of the overall plan to use family history as a resource to bless lives and further the work of salvation. While it is true much research can be done online away from centers, the centers remain a place for receiving guidance, and assistance. Also, in many parts of the world access to computers and the Internet is only available in Family History Centers. Their role may be changing but their need has not diminished.
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