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New Local History Site

Visit the refreshed Local History page now

Everything ‘old’ is new again! The new streamlined local history page was built with your local history and genealogy research needs in mind. From the main page, you can easily access the library's most popular virtual collections, history and heritage-related programs, and the most requested local history and genealogy information at BPL.

One place to look

The Digital Archives link opens Vital, the new digital platform. Right now, you can view the online archives from Burlington Public Library and the City of Burlington. Click or tap "Change Site View" to select which collection you want to browse. The Library's collection includes over 1,100 items from our local history collection that have been scanned to date, primarily from newspaper articles (including obituaries and birth announcements dating back to 2010), postcards, photographs, and scrapbooks.

A boon to researchers and students, Vernon’s City Directories are now freely available from 1959 to the final edition in 2013, alongside the Tweedsmuir and Burlington History Scrapbooks, and the Ivan Cleaver postcard collection depicting historical local scenes and buildings.

The library digitization project was started to better preserve irreplaceable items with historical significance, and to encourage people to get to know our local history resources. Go ahead – explore!

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The Burlington History Room @Central is a treasure-trove of our local heritage. We plan to keep scanning and uploading many more items to create a robust digital archive of our community. And beyond our own local history collection, we look forward to adding the substantial Burlington Historical Society digital archive to the site later this year.

Questions, comments, or suggestions?

Please contact BPL's local history librarian, Benjamin, 905.639.3611 ext 1215.