Mental Health and Addictions Resource Libraries

We are proud to have resource libraries on-site at both our Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Brockville Mental Health Centre. Our resource libraries provide access to information about mental health, mental illnesses and substance use. The overall goal is to help people better understand mental illness and substance use challenges, and learn how to manage them.


The resource library is located in Ottawa, is open every day and is open to anyone who wants information about mental illness or addictions.

The library provides information about:

  • specific mental illnesses including treatments and management options;

  • mental health legislation and policies;

  • community and family support resources; and
  • upcoming workshops and meetings.

The collection of material grows continually as we acquire additional publications and new information becomes available.

Information is available in many different formats such as books, video cassettes, brochures, pamphlets, newsletters, magazines and journals. Access to the Internet is also available.

Notices of relevant, current and upcoming events in and around Eastern Ontario are posted on the community library’s bulletin board.

The community library is staffed by helpful, friendly volunteers who have been specially trained to know the resources and assist you to find the information you need. Some volunteers are themselves living with a mental illness.

More in-depth information is available in our book and video collection, which may be borrowed for two weeks or you may be able to view a video on-site at the centres.

A photocopier is available to copy newsletters and journal articles. A printer is available to print material found on the Internet.


The purpose of the Brockville Mental Health and Addictions Resource Centre (MHARC) is to provide access to information about mental illnesses and addictions. The resource centre contains books, videos, pamphlets, newsletters as well as Internet resources.

The overall goal is to help people understand mental illnesses and addictions, and how to manage them.

Generously funded by the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the resource centre is open to anyone seeking information about mental health or addictions.


The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
1145 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 7K4
Office Hours
Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM and 6 to 9 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 2 PM


Brockville Mental Health Centre
1804 Highway 2 East
Brockville, ON K6V 5W7

The Mental Health and Resource Library is located in the River Café on the second floor of the Forensic Treatment Unit.
Office Hours
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday from 12 PM to 1 PM