Local History Services

Local history is the study of past events in a specific geographical location. At the Burlington Public Library, we collect local history publications in order to develop the community’s identity and to assist patrons with their local history or genealogical research. Our services include: 

  • Digital Archives: Browse our online collection of images, local newspapers, historic local family collections, postcard collections, scrapbooks.

  • Burlington History Index: The Burlington History Index is a retrieval tool for the library's non-digitized materials mainly located in the Burlington History Room at Central Library. Content includes Burlington and Oakville/Halton County information, and also Hamilton and Wentworth County landmarks and events as they have linked to our past. New items are added to the Index regularly.

  • Research Your Burlington House: Resources in the Burlington History Room at Central that can help you research the history of your property. Researching an address may require some serious digging in order to piece the story together, but the results are rewarding!

  • Genealogy: Online resources to help you start your genealogy research.

For research assistance and access to the local history collection, please call ahead to Central branch at 905.639.3611 extension 1109, or email longs@bpl.on.ca to set up an appointment.

Burlington Public Library Digital Archives

City of Burlington Archives

Burlington Historical Society Archives

Burlington History Index

Burlington Heritage Month 2019

Research Your Burlington House

Genealogy: Getting Started

Burlington Historical Society