The Arts and History department is located on the third floor of the Central Library and offers materials to meet study and information needs in a variety of subject areas. The collection includes history, genealogy, travel, language learning, art, architecture, photography, film, crafts, music, sports, writing and literature criticism.
The collection is comprised of materials in a variety of formats: books, audio books, DVDs, periodicals and electronic resources.
Books, CDs and DVDs for language learning, IELTS, CELPIP, CAEL, TEF, TOEFL, TOEIC and MELAB preparation materials and information on local ESL & IELTS classes
Easy Fiction readers and literacy resources
French Fiction and Non-Fiction books for adults and teens
World Languages Collection
Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction books in 25 world languages (other than English or French)
College and university-level courses on a variety of academic and popular topics developed for life-long learners. The courses are available in audio and video format.
A large collection of sheet music for a variety of music genres and instruments
The Ruth Konrad Collection of Canadiana is a reference collection which includes rare books, newspaper clippings, maps, microfilm, historical slides and photographs.
An extensive collection of genealogical resources with a focus on southern Ontario and Peel County. The library also offers in-house access to the Ancestry.ca database and one-on-one genealogy consultations with the Genealogy Librarian.
Microfilm and Microfiche Scanner/Printer
The state-of-the-art ScanPro 2000 machine, housed in the Canadiana Room, allows customers to obtain a photocopy of a document, scan and save it to a USB drive or send the scanned copy via email. The machine is available to customers using the library microform collection as well as for accessing and printing microfilm/fiche records from other sources.
English as a Second Language (ESL) & tests Of English language proficiency
The Mississauga Library System provides both reference and circulating materials in the form of books, kits, audio CDs, DVDs and electronic resources to support the study of ESL, as well as IELTS, CELPIP, CAEL, TOEFL, TOEIC, MELAB and other tests of English language proficiency.
These links lead to listings of some ESL classes currently being offered in Mississauga & Peel Region:
Peel Information Network (PINet)
Provides links to various digitized resources made available through a partnership of the library systems in Peel Region, Peel Archives and other community organizations. Includes the National Archives of Canada, the Archives of Ontario, the Region of Peel Archives, various digital library sites, and the Peel Newspaper Index, which includes the Mississauga News, the Brampton Guardian, the Caledon Citizen and the Bolton Enterprise.
Canadiana Public Collections
The Port Credit News, The Port Credit Weekly, The Weekly, The South Peel Weekly, The Mississauga News, and The Mississauga Times can now be searched online for free! The coverage runs from 1927 to 1980 and centres on communities that are now part of Mississauga.
Historic Images Gallery
The Historic Images Gallery brings together the digitized image collections of the Mississauga Library, Museums of Mississauga, Heritage Planning, and Operational Services and Cemeteries. The Gallery provides centralized access and an easy-to-use, online searchable database.