In 2005, Central Library underwent a renovation project which included expanding the space for the local history collection. Partnering with the Burlington Historical Society Archives, the Burlington History Room was created. Prior to this new location, the local history collection was housed in the Galloway Room, just outside the library’s reference department.

The Burlington History Room, located on the second floor of Central Library is comprised of the Burlington Collection (local history) and Burlington Historical Society Archives; together they provide access to materials which document the area's history and families. 

The Burlington History Room contains books that are no longer in publication, heritage group newsletters, secondary school yearbooks, family histories, church and cemetery records, historical atlases, vertical files, microforms of local newspapers and archives that are primary or secondary resources representative to Burlington’s history. The local history collection is intended to serve the community seeking information about Burlington’s history, industry, architecture, or genealogy.  

To provide a safe secure environment, access to the Burlington History Room will be limited to library staff, those under the supervision of library staff, or members of the Burlington Historical Society. Researchers working on a specific topic, collection etc. are allowed supervised and controlled access. Items housed in the Burlington History Room are available for in-library use only and cannot be borrowed. Due to the rare and fragile nature of the collection, researchers must leave a piece of ID with library staff before viewing. 

To view materials from the Burlington History Room or inquire about local history, please contact the