Local History & Genealogy

Service Update

Digital Archive and Digital Archive Ontario are currently unavailable.

We continue to recover from a cybersecurity incident that disrupted all library systems and technology. As a result, using the library is a little different right now.

Research history and genealogy in Toronto and beyond. Our largest collections are at Toronto Reference Library, with smaller collections at other locations. We also have many online resources.

Online research tools

More online tools

Research guides

More research guides
For in-person help, visit a location with a local history collection. If you need in-depth help, Book a Librarian for a 30 or 60 minute appointment.

Local history and genealogy collections


All Toronto history books