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Burlington Public Library, Local History
Burlington Public Library has long been aware of the importance of preserving the local history of Burlington and its surrounding areas. In partnership with the Burlington Historical Society, the library has accumulated various historical materials documenting the area's history and families.
With the gracious donation from the Smith Family of Smith's Funeral Homes in support of the Make It Great Capital Campaign for the Central Library renewal project, the archival and local history materials became centralized in its current expanded local history room in 2005. Before this, the holdings were housed in Central’s reference area and the Galloway Room.
The Local History Collection, located in the Burlington History Room on Central’s second floor, contains many historical materials about the city of Burlington. While there is a large selection of books covering various topics, many notable historical items include family histories and biographies of influential citizens, newspapers and newspaper clippings, city directions, postcards, atlases, photographs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks.
In addition to these historical materials, the Burlington History Room is home to the Burlington Historical Society archives. A small collection of Burlington Public Library's archival holdings includes Tweedsmuir Histories, collected papers from the Burlington Horticultural Society, and records of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Burlington. Burlington residents can learn about our community's unique history and heritage through our local history collections.
By appointment only
Burlington Public Library has two digital microfilm readers. Library users can access the library’s collection of newspapers captured in microform by using the digital readers and saving material as image files to a USB flash drive.