Historical documents allow us a glimpse back into the way things used to be. By looking at our past, we can gain a more complete perspective on the present and plan for the future.
Borrow and download digital books & movies about history to your device. Idea Exchange membership card required.
History eBooks and audiobooks
This reference material covers biographies, events and movements throughout American history.
Your best source of info on Canadian topics. Use the search box to find in-depth articles from the Canadian Encyclopedia, Maclean's Magazine, Canadian Encyclopedia of Music, and TV and radio spots such as Historica Minutes.
Discover the people important to Canada whose death occurred between 1000 and 1930.
Read about the people, clothing, food, culture, crafts, and history of Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China.
Investigate the journeys of New World explorers such as Magellan, Drake, Pizarro and Cortes.
Research historical periods including the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution.
Look here for the fads and fashions of each decade in the 20th century.
Uncover the past from ancient times to today in these online encyclopedias.
Explore topics, images, maps and more from the National Geographic magazine archives from 1888 to Present.
Watch videos, view photos, and read online all of the National Geographic books and magazines written just for kids.
Find your family's history! Search census, birth, marriage & death records, passenger lists, immigration records, maps and more from Canada, US, and Europe. Remote access to this resource ended on December 31, 2021. To access it, please visit your local Idea Exchange location to use it onsite.
A look at Canada’s role during wartime and in peacekeeping. The History section covers Canada's involvement in the South African War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War. From Veterans Affairs Canada.
Canadian Military History
Resources from the Canadian War Museum.
Canadian Museum of History
Exceptional online exhibitions on very different topics, including the Virtual Museum of New France, Face to Face: The Canadian Personalities Hall, and First Peoples of Canada.
Canadiana Discovery Portal
Find centuries of Canadian history, including digitized books, journals, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, postcards, sheet music, audio and video files. An excellent resource for researching your family's genealogy or our nation's history.
Immigration History - Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada provides a collection of resources on the histories of cultural communities in Canada, including Acadians, African-Canadians, Doukhobor, Jewish and Southeast Asian communities.
Use this site to search the digital collections of libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations across Ontario. Find images, audio, video, text, government documents and newspapers.
History Channel from the National Film Board of Canada
Watch films from the National Film Board on a variety of historical topics. Videos include new releases, old favourites, and Canadian classics. New content is added weekly.
CBC Digital Archives
Updated weekly, the Archives has over 10,000 radio and television clips from CBC programs. The clips focus on significant Canadian moments, events and figures, and a range of time periods (1920s to 2000).
A collection of more than 80 videos that recreate events of great importance, accomplishment and bravery in our country’s history.
TED Ed: History Lessons
Engaging videos on a wide range of topics in world history, from the building of the Parthenon to the dark history behind banana cultivation.