Local History & Genealogy

Research local history and genealogy in the City of Pickering, former Township of Pickering, and beyond.

The Pickering Local History Collection (PLHC) is housed at the Central Library and is available online through the Digital Archive. A large reference collection of Local History reference materials are also available at the Central library, with select items available at other library locations.


Looking for more assistance? Contact the local history department at localhistory@pickeringlibrary.ca or call 905.831.6265 ext. 6240.

Digital Archive

Explore over 20,000 digitized newspapers, books, photos, maps, and more from the collection.

Microfilm & Microfiche

Use the Microfilm Scanner to preserve, convert, and read microfiche and microfilm rolls. Browse items in the Pickering Local History Collection, personal microfilm, or  materials loaned through other libraries and archives. This machine is compatible with 16mm Roll Film, 35 mm Roll Film, Aperture Cards, Colour Slides, Negative Fiche, and Positive Fiche. The Microfilm Scanner is located outside the Local History room on the second floor at the Central library.

Microfilm Scanner Printable Instructions


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