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.
Access to the Local History Collection is available through the Library's Online Public Access Catalogue. The letters "LHC" in front of the call number indicates that an item is part of this collection. Items from this collection do not circulate; they are available for reference and research purposes only. Special displays of photographs, art works, and other items from the Library's collection enhance the library during the changing seasons.