Local History Room

Local History Room

Welcome to your home base for local and family history research.

Located on the 4th floor of Central Library, the Local History Room has everything you need to investigate the past. From the history of our city by the sea, to the story of a long-lost relative, to background on the industries that drive our provincial economy, come discover our shared history.

Visit us

  • Explore our physical collections. Whether you're deep into research or just getting started, we have the materials to help you uncover the past.
  • Access specialized equipment. We have scanners (for documents up to 11x17 inches and film negative carriages), and Scanpro800 microfilm reader-printers.
  • Book an appointment to get 1-on-1 help with your research.


Virtual Archives

Books of Remembrance

These 3 commemorative books contain the names of local people whose lives were lost at war. View and remember in person or online.

Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Access Only)

When visiting any of our branches, you can access thousands of genealogical records from around the world.

Halifax Municipal Archives: Family History Research

Find your ancestors in the Halifax Municipal Archives. Check out election records, school records, prison records, and more.
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