Burlington Public Library (BPL) aims to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials in various formats that document, describe, and/or illustrate the growing change of Burlington, its people, culture, history, and development. 



Geographically, BPL's local history collection focuses on Burlington, Nelson Township and to a lesser extent, Halton County, now Halton Region. Materials relating to neighbouring communities are of secondary importance and included if relevant to the Burlington area. 

When acquiring material, BPL strives to build on current collection strengths and encourages new initiatives by collecting materials applicable to Burlington history. The Library will endeavor to not duplicate municipal resources and will focus on recognizing the importance of collecting our communities' documentary heritage. Materials to be collected should demonstrate relevance to one, or more of the following topics:

  • Burlington history;
  • Burlington culture;
  • Halton Region history

For more information on Burlington Public Library's Collection Development Policy, please visit BPL's Library Policies webpage.