At the Library

Use the Chatham-Kent Public Library online catalogue to find books on your topic.

Please check out these staff selections:

Vimy : the battle and the legend / Tim CookSecret History of Soldiers / by Tim Cook  Above & beyond : John F. Kennedy and America's most dangerous Cold War spy mission / Casey Sherman & Michael J. TougiasDaughters of the Winter Queen : four remarkable sisters, the crown of Bohemia, and the enduring legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots /St. Petersburg : madness, murder, and art on the banks of the Neva / Jonathan MilesElizabeth's rival : the tumultuous life of the Countess of Leicester : the romance and conspiracy that threatened Queen Elizabet

Online Resources

Online resources include electronic databases, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias and journal articles. For more information, visit the Online Databases page.

Chatham Daily News

Chatham Daily News

Full-text Chatham Daily News articles from 1999 to current day. Provided by ProQuest.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to family history via documents that record the lineage of over 5 billion individuals. It contains records from Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe, including records such as census and voter lists, birth, marriage and death, military, immigration and emigration [ProQuest].

In My Community

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society

Buxton Heritage Museum

Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Dresden

CKPL Digital Collection - We’ve gone digital! Local history books now available online!

Chatham-Kent Museum - Since 1943 the Chatham-Kent Museum has been dedicated to collecting and preserving the material heritage of Chatham-Kent and to promoting the area’s history through exhibits and programming.

Chatham-Kent: A Place of Refuge - Ontario Visual Heritage Project - capturing stories that create the rich history of Chatham-Kent.

Chatham Music Archive - Information about local bands and musicians, including photos and small biographies. Listed by both name and year released.

Windsor-Essex Digital Project - Windsor-Essex museums and local agencies in partnership with the Windsor Public Library have captured digital images to share their local history.

Virtual Museums Canada - Virtual Museums Canada links museums and cultural institutions to share their resources beyond their geographic boundaries.


Each CKPL branch maintains an archive of its community’s local newspapers. Find out about papers accessible at your local branch in this Community Newspapers webpage.


Ontario Black History Society 
Ontario County Atlases
A digital & searchable copy of the atlases at McGill University, published between 1875 and 1881.
On the Road North – Virtual 
Black History Canada 
Archives Canada
The War of 1812 at Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada commemorates the War of 1812 with the release of new digitized images of records for the War of 1812.
CBC Archives
Dictionary Of Canadian Biographies Online
Explore the history of Canada's inhabitants and their culture. Meet people who played an important role in the formation of what is now Canada. Presents biographies of persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930.
History Orb’s today in history
History Orb’s today in history archives contain over 200,000 important events, famous and celebrity birthdays, famous weddings and divorces and famous deaths from the past six thousand years. The archive can be searched by date and keyword via our today in history search engine.
Inventory of Canada's Digital Collections
Ontario Time Machine
Our Ontario
Wartime Canada is a window into the Canadian experience during the world wars. Wartime Canada is intended to provide material that is freely downloadable for reproduction and research. The website is a collaborative effort involving universities, institutions, and interested individuals from across Canada, with funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Public Outreach program