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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.

Mississauga and the First World War
Local History

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 Saturdy - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Read All About It!
Early local newspapers available here
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.
Mississauga Milestones. The Mississauga train derailment Mississauga Milestones
A timeline displays major events in Mississauga’s history.

Local History - Stories of Mississauga
Lost Heritage Series by local writers.
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. If you are interested in exploring your genealogy, consult a family history librarian in the Canadiana Room in Central Library on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. or Thursdays 6 to 8 p.m. Call 905-615-3500 ext. 3660 to make an appointment.
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 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.