Local History
Canadiana Room - Click to Enlarge
The Canadiana Reading Room, located on the 3rd floor of Mississauga Central Library, offers in-depth research resources for the study of Mississauga history, as well as extensive material on early Ontario history and selected Canadian history.

CANADIANA READING ROOM HOURS
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
OUR SAGA: THE CREATION OF A CITY
Mississauga's history unfolds from the Native Mississaugas to early towns and villages and the City that was created in 1974.
 
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Early local newspapers available. More

 
THE COLLECTIONS
Old Books

Ruth Konrad Collection of Local History
The collection is named after Ruth Konrad, Chief Librarian from 1959-1971. Its focus is the history and development of Mississauga. Subject strengths include Native history, early settlement, pre-Confederation growth, 20th century suburbanization, and formation of the city. Family histories and Ontario local histories are also popular. Due to its unique nature, all material is for reference use in the Canadiana Reading Room.

 
Reading Room Canadiana Collection
The collection offers a wide range of subject support for local history as well as substantial resources on Canada’s First Nations, early Ontario travelogues, Canadian participation in World Wars I and II, Canadian literature prior to 1945, and Canadian art. Due to its unique nature, all material is for reference use in the Canadiana Reading Room.
 
Mississauga Milestones. The Mississauga train derailment Mississauga Milestones
A timeline displays major events in Mississauga’s history.
 
IMG Historic Images Gallery
View online images of people, events, artifacts, buildings and places from the 1860s to the 1990s.
 
Family History Family History
Extensive genealogical resources are available in the Canadiana Reading Room and Arts & History Department. The database Ancestry Library Edition may be used free of charge at any Mississauga Library location.
 
Keyboard and mouse Online Resources
Major online sites give access to images, documents, books, articles and more.
 
Bradley House Heritage Contacts & Links
View contact information for the many groups that celebrate Mississauga's history and the history of Peel Region.
 
Contact Info Contact information
For more information, please contact the Canadiana Reading Room at 905-615-3200 ext. 3660 or history.library@mississauga.ca. Local history staff welcome your questions and comments.

The Library collects photographs and print material from the last 50 years as well as earlier historical items. If you have material relating to Mississauga’s past, please consider donating or loaning them to the local history collection.  Staff are very interested in people, places and events that add to Mississauga’s story as it is found in the Canadiana Reading Room.

 

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