Digitization Days

Help us build our Digital Archives! 

We're calling on all residents to contribute items that can be saved digitally in our Digital Archives. These archives already have more than 300 images and several PDF documents that capture some of Brantford's history.

Library staff will scan the items and the Library will return all original copies to owners. 

What type of items are you looking for?

We want to create a digital archive that tells the complete story of Brantford!
Residents can drop off any items that might interest local history enthusiasts. These items could include tickets to local concerts, photos, local theatre programs, and annual reports from local businesses.

There is no date range for the items that will be collected. However, anyone's contributions must be owned by the individual and consent must be given to scan and use the images in the Digital Archives.              

How do I contribute items?

There are three options for contributing items:

  • Drop off your items at either the Main or St. Paul Branches during opening hours between July 25 and August 19. The Library aims to have items scanned and available to be picked up within a week. Anyone dropping off items will be responsible for picking the items up after they have been scanned.
  • Visit the Local History Room at the Main Branch on Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to have a Library summer staff member scan items on a first-come-first-served basis. If choosing this option, people can bring up to five items for digitization.
  • Send items that are already digitized through this online form: https://forms.brantfordlibrary.ca/Digitization-Project

Everyone who submits items will be asked to complete an image release agreement, a loan agreement (if they're loaning the items) and provide details on the item contributed. This will ensure the items are properly catalogued and easily found by users of the Library's Digital Archives database.

Discover Brantford's History

The Brantford Public Library offers an extensive physical and digital local history collection. 

The Local History Room at the Main Branch has hundreds of local history documents, plus microfilms of local newspapers dating back to 1850. 

You can also access Ancestry.com (Library Edition) for free through the Library's WiFi network or public computers. There are also many genealogy resources and links on the Library's website that can guide you through any research projects. 

You can look up Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes of local residents through our online Birth, Marriage, Death Index.

We also have a digitized version of the Album of Honour, which was created to commemorate local residents that served in World War 2.