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Mississauga history

The local history physical collection is temporarily unavailable while it is relocated. Online research assistance remains available.

The library offers several resources to help research local history, including the expertise of our local history librarian, online photo database and access to family records.

You can search our library of historical photos including images of people, events, artifacts, buildings and places from the 1860s to the present day.

If you want high quality digital copies or images for purposes other than research or private study, please email

Photos are always being added and donations of historic images are welcome.

Local history librarian

Central Library has its own local history librarian who can answer any questions you might have. Email to find out more.

Family history

The library offers help researching your family history. The Ancestry Library Edition database can be used to search records, census data, directories, photos and more.

You can only access the ancestry database from a library location.

History collection

The Mississauga History collection includes books as well as local archives and biographies. Please email for more information.

Local newspapers

Search back issues of the Toronto Star newspapers using ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Search Mississauga’s local newspapers through the Canadiana Public Collections. Papers include:

  • The Port Credit News
  • The Port Credit Weekly
  • The Weekly
  • The South Peel Weekly
  • The Mississauga News
  • The Mississauga Times