Saskatoon Public Library Local History

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Saskatoon Public Library Local History

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Library
  • Community

Contact area


SPL - Local History Staff



Street address

311-23rd Street East





Country name


Postal code

S7K 0J6


(306) 975-7578


(306) 975-7542



Description area


Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

To collect, preserve, and make available to the public, primary and secondary source materials pertaining to the history of Saskatoon in particular, and Saskatchewan and western Canada in general.

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



The Local History collection comprises historic materials about the Canadian prairies, with emphasis on Saskatoon. The book collection covers key subjects in western Canadian history, including agriculture, architectural history, immigration, fur trade, Indians, Riel Rebellion, ethnic groups, world wars, biography and family history. It includes a vast collection of town histories, and Saskatoon city directories from 1908 on. Directories of major prairie cities from 1881 to 1905 are on 37 microfiche. More than half the photograph collection (about 40,000 photographs) is indexed at the item level. Other indexed collections include the Saskatoon Obituary Index, scrapbooks, pamphlets, unpublished documents (arranged by provenance), and hard-copy souvenir editions of newspapers. These can be searched in an online database available through the Saskatoon Public Library website. The periodical titles are searchable online for general content only, although there is a detailed index to the local newspaper since 1980 (online only from 1984 on). Extensive newspaper clippings are accessible by subject or name headings. Other formats held include maps, AV materials. The archives of the parent institution, the Saskatoon Public Library, are also kept in the Local History Room.

Extent: Photographs: 70,000 (est.); Textual Records: 34.43 linear metres; Books: 8,279; Pamphlets: 4,078; Souvenir newspapers: 586 titles; Newspaper clipping binders: 724; Serials: 586 titles; Maps: 1,600 (est.); microforms: 6,733 (est.)

Inclusive dates: 1883-present

Finding aids, guides and publications

Local History’s databases are accessible through the website. Books can be located via the Saskatoon Public Library catalogue (on home page). Other holdings can be located by clicking on: E-Library Services; then Databases A-Z; then (under "L") Local History Room Database List.

Access area

Opening times

10:00-21:00 Monday and Thursday
10:00-17:00 Tuesday and Wednesday
10:00-18:00 Friday
13:00-17:30 Sunday (mid-September to mid-May)

Access conditions and requirements


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Local and Regional History (Thematic area)
  • City of Saskatoon (Geographic subregion)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

311-23rd Street East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
CA S7K 0J6