Local History Services

Learn about Burlington history and heritage. Library staff can assist your research when the libraries are open

There is no public access to the Local History collection at Central due to pandemic-related closures and service limitations. Please call during library open hours or contact us online if you have a local history question.

Local history is the study of past events in a specific geographical location. Through our local history collections, Burlington residents can learn about our community's unique history and heritage. For local history and genealogical research help and access to the collection, please call ahead to Central branch at 905.639.3611. Our services include: 

  • 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.

  • Digital Archives: Browse our online collection of images, local newspapers, historic local family collections, postcard collections, scrapbooks:
    • Brass Tacks - Burlington Central High School
    • Burlington Images collection
    • Ivan Cleaver Postcard collection
    • Vernon's Directories
    • Burlington Post Articles, 2010-
    • Burlington Post Life News, 2010-
    • Family collections: Fawcett Family, Mina Edwards, Sovereign Family, Tuck Family, Vivian Family, WD Flatt
    • Scrapbooks: Burlington History Scrapbooks, John Dudley Williamson Album, Tweedsmuir Histories

Burlington Public Library Digital Archives

BPL Local History Donation Agreement

Vernon's Directories, 1950-

City of Burlington Archives

Burlington Historical Society Archives

Burlington History Index

Research Your Burlington House

Genealogy: Getting Started

Burlington Historical Society

Digital Archive Ontario curated by Toronto Public Library