• Peer-to-peer support listening and referrals within a feminist and anti-oppressive framework
  • A lending library of feminist books
  • Workshops, events, discussion groups and organizing resources
  • We strive to offer a relaxed and anti-oppressive space to drop in, meet new people, study and socialize
  • A voice for gender advocacy through work on campus, in the community and throughout Canada
  • A quiet, semi-private space for breastfeeding, phone calls, and support
  • We offer free safer sex supplies (such as condoms, dental dams, lube), menstrual products, and pregnancy tests
  • Child-friendly toys and books, as well as resources on childcare and health for mothers

Why a feminist Library?

The WRC keeps a library of feminist books to loan out to students in order to help provide alternative viewpoints on campus. By highlighting traditionally marginalized voices, the WRC library is a refuge, a place for reflection and action, and a resource for support and information.

The WRC library has over 1,000 books, zines, videos and DVDs on topics ranging from feminist philosophy to women’s history, health, spirituality, sexuality, gender, racism, and theories of oppression, for both personal reading and research.

Loan Policy

The loan period for taking out our books, zines, and magazines is two weeks. We ask that you borrow a maximum of 5 items at a time and promptly return them after 2 weeks.

Please keep in mind that the feminist library at the WRC is in invaluable resource that has been lovingly nurtured for almost 40 years. Please respect our resources and be mindful that others may be interested in the materials you have borrowed.

The neglect of returning materials from the feminist library will result in a loss of borrowing privileges.

Search ORBIS

Some of our resources can be found by searching the University’s ORBIS catalogue, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for come in and check in person, or call ahead!

Violence, Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Services in Ottawa:

SASC- Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa: Support for survivors of sexual assault
24hr crisis line – (613)-234-2266
TTY: 613-725-1657
Group or individual counseling: 613-725-2160

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre – Support for women who have experienced sexual violence
24hr Crisis Line- 613-562-2333
Short and long term individual counseling, group counseling, accompaniment to the hospital, police and court, public education services:
Office Tel: (613) 562-2334

CALACS Francophone d’Ottawa :
24hr ligne- 613-789-9117
Individual counseling (en francais), group counseling (fr), Accompaniment
Tel: (613)789-8096
Workshops, library, Public education
Tel: (613) 780-8096

FEMAIDE : Ligne de soutien pour femmes victimes de violence
24hr ligne de crise : 1-877-femaide (336-2433)
ATS: 1-866-860-7082
Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program: Emergency room services, follow-up clinic and crisis counseling. A nurse will be paged to the emergency room and will arrive within 1 hour. For women who have experience sexual assault/abuse within 14 days.
Tel: (613)761-4366
TTY: (613) 761-4140

Young Women’s Emergency Shelter:
Emergency housing for young women aged 12-20. On site services include: individual crisis counseling, referrals, links to financial services, case management.
Tel: 613-789-8220

Somerset West Community Health Centre:
Individual counseling for those living in the west community area (from Bronson Ave to Island Park Drive and the Ottawa River to Carling Avenue).
Tel: 613-238-8210

Catholic Family Service Ottawa: 
Individual counseling (service offered in French), Group counseling (offered in French). Groups are offered three times a year.
Tel: 613-233-8478

Victim/Witness Assistance Program:
Offers information, support and referrals to survivors when the perpetrator has been charged. Services offered from the time of arrest until the disposition is rendered.
Tel: 613-239-1229

Victims Assistance Services of Ottawa Carleton/Supportlink:
Referrals, 911 emergency cell phone and safety plan. All referrals to Supportlink must be made by a community organization. A two-hour assessment is conducted.
Tel: 613-569-8765

Family Services Ottawa:
Individual counseling: Tel: 613-725-3601
Group counseling (incest survivors group): 16 week group for women who have been sexually abused in childhood by a family member of other adult in a position of trust. Tel: 613-725-3601

Royal Ottawa Hospital:
Long term counseling for adults and children. A psychiatrist must be attached to the process.
Tel: (613) 722-6251


















Sexual Health:

Planned Parenthood Ottawa:
information on birth control options, abortion choices, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted illnesses:

AIDS Committee of Ottawa:
Support, education, outreach and through advocating for change in public attitudes and policies affecting those of us living with and at risk of HIV:

Sexual Health Centre: 
Walk in appointments, queer-positive, sex-positive, contraception, confidential STI testing, pregnancy testing and options/abortion information.

Canadians for Choice :
Canadian Women’s Health Network:

SPIRAL – Women’s health info in many languages:


Canadian Live-in Caregivers Association

Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa-Carleton:
Fostering diversity of the Francophone community in Eastern Ontario

Immigrant Women’s Services:
“Exists to empower immigrant women – women of colour, refugee women, black women- and their families in the city of Ottawa and surrounding area”
Phone Number: (613) 729-3145

LASI world skills

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

Somali Centre for Family Services

Catholic Immigration Centre Ottawa




First Nations, Métis, Inuit Resources

Minwaashin Lodge:

Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies.


Odawa Native Friendship Centre 
The Odawa Native Friendship Centre is a non-profit organization serving the Aboriginal community in the Ottawa-Carleton Region of Eastern Ontario and surrounding communities.


Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start Inc.
Aboriginal Head Start is a federal program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. It is a comprehensive program to provide early interventions to First Nations, Métis and Inuit children. It includes the protection and promotion of all Aboriginal cultures and languages, education, health promotion, nutrition, social support systems and parental involvement.


Métis Nation of Ontario
The Métis Nation of Ontario is proud of its achievements in establishing and pushing a Métis specific agenda in Ontario. The MNO has made great strides for Métis through its pursuit of Métis hunting and fishing rights, human resource development and training, Métis bursary and scholarship programs, and the development of a Métis self-governance structure within Ontario.


Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The main purpose of the Centre is to create and deliver services that will prevent ill health, treat illness and provide support and aftercare. Services will be offered in a culturally-sensitive way that welcomes, accepts and represents all Aboriginal people(s).

National Aboriginal Health Organization

The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is an Aboriginal-designed and -controlled body committed to influencing and advancing the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples by carrying out knowledge-based strategies.


Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre
The purpose of the Sivummut Head Start Program is to enhance the overall development of Inuit preschool children; strengthen positive parenting through support and education; and promote the retention of the Inuit culture and language.


Action Groups:

INCITE! Women of Colour Against Violence :

OCTEVAW- Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women:

Muslims for Progressive Value:

OPIRG-Ontario Public Interest Research Group:

Legal Support:

NAWL- National Association of Women and the Law:

LEAF: Women’s Legal Education Action Fund:

Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa:
Agency devoted to helping women and female youth who are, or may be, at risk of coming into conflict with the law.

Drug Use and Harm Reduction

Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre
488 Wilbrod Street Ottawa, ON,
K1N 6M8 Tel: (613) 563-0363 Fax: (613) 565-2175

David Smith Youth Treatment Centre
Addictions treatment for youth 13-18 years old.
Tel: 613-594-8333

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Ottawa Community Office 150 Isabella St., Suite 205, Phase I Ottawa, ON, K1S 1V7
Tel: (613) 569-6024


Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre
150 Research Park Lane, Suite 104
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 4T2
Tel: (519) 763-8049 x226
Toll Free: (877) 882-2204 Fax: (519) 763-8521

Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario
411 Richmond Street East, Suite 205
Toronto, ON, M5A 3S5
Tel: (416) 499-9800, Fax: (416) 499-8260
Toll free: 1-888-391-1111

Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
312 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 1G2
Tel: (613) 724-4881, Fax: (613) 724-4873


Connex Ontario
Canadian Students for a Sensible Drug Policy:

Release: Drugs, the Law, and Human Rights:

LGBTTQ+ Resources:

Pink Triangle Services:

Around the Rainbow:
Family Services à la famille Ottawa is working together with the gay, lesbian, bi, trans, two spirit, and questioning (glbttq) community, and their allies to support the inclusion of diverse families in childcare services.
Tel: 613-725-3601

Ottawa Coalition for GLBTTQ parents and their children:
A coalition of service providers and parents working together to create inclusive services for Glbttq families.
Tel: 613-725-3601

Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services – Ontario Early Years Centre:
GLBTTQ parent-child drop-in for children 0-6, Saturday afternoons.
Tel: 613-820-4922


Rainbow Health Ontario:
Province-wide program designed to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities
(Toronto –based).
Tel: 416.324.4100

PFLAG Ottawa
An informal discussion groups for parents, families, friends, spouses of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Information, education and resources including a library and suggested reading list.
Tel: 613-860-7138


Rainbow Families Support Group
A support group for GLBTTQ parents and their children 0-12; parent support group, preschool childcare
program and school-age program run concurrently. Provided by Family Services à la Famille Ottawa and Centretown Community Health Centre.
Tel: 613-725-3601


Ten Oaks Project
A one week sleep-away summer camp for children ages 8-16 of GLBTTQ parents and non-traditional families.

Community Health and Resource Centres:


Carlington Community and Health Services
900 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON, K1Z 5Z8
Tel: (613) 722-4000, Fax: (613) 761-1805

Coalition of Community Health and Resources Centres of Ottawa

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
2 MacNeil Court
Ottawa, ON, K2L 4H7
Tel: (613) 591-3686, Fax: (613) 591-2501


Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
210 Centrum Boulevard, Suite 211
Ottawa, ON, K1E 3V7
Tel: (613) 830-4357, Fax: (613) 830-4196


Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
Beacon Hill Shopping Centre
2339 Ogilvie Road, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON, K1J 8M6
Tel: (613) 741-6025, Fax: (613) 741-7029
TTY: (613) 741-3556

Lowertown Community Resource Centre
40 Cobourg Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 8Z6
Tel: (613) 789-3930, Fax: (613) 789-3443


Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre
1642 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON, K2G 4A1
Tel: (613) 596-5626, Fax: (613) 596-1870


Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre
225 Donald Street, Suite 120
Ottawa, ON, K1K 1N1
Tel: (613) 745-0073, Fax: (613) 741-9292


Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services
1365 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON, K2B 6R7
Tel: (613) 820-4922, Fax: (613) 820-2006


Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
221 Nelson Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 1C7
Tel: (613) 789-1500, Fax: (613) 789-7962


Somerset West Community Health Centre
55 Eccles Street
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6S3
Tel: (613) 238-8210, Fax: (613) 238-7595


South-East Ottawa Centre for a Healthy Community
1355 Bank Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8K7
Tel: (613) 737-5115, Fax: (613) 739-8199


Vanier Community Services Centre
282 Dupuis Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON, K1L 7H9
Tel: (613) 744-2892, Fax: (613) 749-2902


Children’s Services:

Canadian Mothercraft of Ottawa-Carleton
475 Evered Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Z 5K9
Tel: (613) 728-1839 ext. 239, Fax: (613) 728-0097


Crossroads Children’s Centre
Children’s mental health centre for children up to the age of 12
Intake: 613-723-1623 ext. 232

Children at Risk
235 Donald Street
Ottawa, ON, K1K 1N1
Tel: (613) 741-8255, Fax: (613) 741-5530
Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa-Carleton (CAS)
1602 Telesat Court
Ottawa, ON, K1B 1B1
Tel: (613) 747-7800, Fax: 747-4456


Early Years
City of Ottawa Children’s Services Division
100 Constellation Crescent, 8th Floor West
Nepean, ON, K2G 6J8
Tel: (613) 580-2424 ext. 24100, Fax: (613) 580-9643

First Words, Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services
1365 Richmond Road, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON, K2B 6R7
Tel: (613) 580-6744 Fax: (613) 820-7427


Healthy Babies, Healthy Children
Ottawa Public Health Information
Tel: (613) 580-6744, toll-free: 1-866-426-8885

Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
395 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L2
Tel: (613) 737-0871, Toll free: 1-800-565-4839
Fax: (613) 523-5167

Parent Resource Centre
300 Goulburn Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 1C9
Tel: (613) 565-2467, toll-free: 1-888-565-2466


Y’s Owl Maclure Co-operative Centre
1140 Morrison Drive, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON, K2H 8S9
Tel: (613) 721-1500, Fax: (613) 721-6223


The In Community
1150 Morrison Drive, Suite 100
Ottawa, ON, K2H 8S9
Tel: (613) 724-5886, Fax: (613) 724-5889


Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa-Carleton
235 Donald Street
Ottawa, ON, K1K 1N1
Tel: (613) 744-2241, Fax: (613) 744-4898

DAWN- DisAbled Women’s Network of Ontario:

Education and employment:

Program Training and Consultation Centre
City of Ottawa Public Health and Long-Term Care Branch
192 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1W8
Tel: (613) 482-7822 ext. 201, Toll-free: 1-800-363-7822
Fax: (613) 567-2730

YMCA-YWCA Enterprise Centre
180 Argyle Street, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1B7
Tel: (613) 788-5001, Fax: (613) 788-5051

Canadian Labour Congress



Services for Families:

Catholic Family Service of Ottawa:

310 Olmstead Street, Ottawa, ON, K1L 7K3
Ottawa, ON, K2P 2H4
Tel: (613) 233-8478, Fax: (613) 233-9881


Family Services Ottawa
1 Community Place, 312 Parkdale Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5
Tel: (613) 725-3601, Fax: (613) 725-5651
TTY: (613) 725-6175


Youth Services Bureau
Intake services
Ph.: 613-562-3004
Callers can phone for resource and referral information, counseling services. A team of counselors is available to meet with children, youth and families to help them comprehensively assess what services would most benefit them.
Mental Health Services @ YSB: Tel: 613-562-3004, Email:

Community Services @YSB: Tel: 613-241-7788, Email:


Ottawa Mental Health Crisis Line
24 hour mental health crisis line for individuals over the age of 16.  Also offer mobile in-home support in these areas: City of Ottawa, Renfrew County, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Counties, Akwesasne, Prescott & Russell Counties.
Toll free: 1-866-996-0991

Centretown Emergency Food Centre
McLeod-Stewarton United Church
507 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1Z5
Tel: (613) 232-3059 Fax: (613) 232-3059

Ottawa Food Security Council
501 – 280 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1R7
Tel: (613) 236-9300 ext. 301, Fax: (613) 236-7060

Ottawa Good Food Box
420 Cooper Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 2N6
Tel: (613) 233-4443, Fax: (613) 233-3987