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Local History + Family History

Our library provides a wealth of historical programs, services, and specialists to guide you and your historical research.

Whether you are tracing a family tree or searching for an old newspaper clipping, OPL offers virtual and physical resources to help along the way.

The Oakville Room

Our local and family history collections are housed in the Oakville Room at Central Branch. The collection houses valuable historical resources ranges from genealogy materials and yearbooks, to newspaper records and maps, focusing on the history and people of Oakville.

Reserve the Oakville Room computer for ScanPro Microform & FamilySearch Affiliate Library Access. 

Ask Our Local Collections Librarian

Email our Local Collections Librarian for assistance with your local or family history questions. If you need more in-depth assistance, you can book an appointment to explore the Oakville Room detailing any materials or technologies required to assist in your research.

Local History

Our local history collection contains materials that are unique to the history of Oakville and its people:

  • Microfilm and microfiche

  • Newspaper records

  • Historical images

  • Ontario land records

  • Historical maps

  • Online resources

Family History

Oakville Public Library can help provide access to a variety of genealogy resources that can help you learn more about your family history: 

  • Local name index (1800-1900)

  • Microfilm and microfiche

  • Census records

  • Ancestry Library Edition

  • Affiliate Library Access

  • Genealogy guide books

Microfilm Request Form

Microfilm and microfiche from select libraries and archives may be requested for use in the Oakville Room. Please use the Microfilm Request Form for these items.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Do you need a book or article for your research that is not available at OPL? Try our Interlibrary loan service, learn more here.

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