About the Local History Collection

The Library owns an ever-growing historical and genealogical collection of the City, the Niagara River and Falls, and the Niagara Peninsula. The wide variety of rare material in these collections - including guidebooks, atlases, local histories, magazines, maps, photographs, art reproductions, newspapers, clippings, government reports and City Council minutes - are used extensively by staff and the public. 

These materials can be viewed at the Victoria Avenue library. Due to the rarity and nature of these materials they are not available for loan and cannot be borrowed through the InterLibrary Loan system.

Passenger Ship Records

The Niagara Falls Public Library does not own microfilm relating to "Passenger ship lists". The Library & Archives Canada has microfilm available for viewing, and maintains a database of selected records




Halifax: 1881-1919

North Sydney: 1906-1919

Quebec: 1865-1919

St. John: 1900-1918

Vancouver: 1905-1919

VIictoria & Pacific Ports: 1905-1919

New York: 1906-1919

Eastern US Ports: 1905-1921