Waterloo Public Library
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Ellis Little Local History Room

Special! “I have a piece of the corduroy road, now what do I do?” Click here for tips from Richard Fuller, Conservator, Region of Waterloo Museum.

The Waterloo Public Library is committed to collecting and preserving the local history of the City of Waterloo. In our local history room you have access to:


We have a number of special collections including:

  • The Ellis Little Papers
  • The Globe Furniture Company
  • Sunshine Waterloo
  • Waterloo Board of Trade Minute Books
  • David Bean Collection


We offer a number of genealogical and special local history services.

The Ellis Little Local History Room is available to researchers during regular Library hours. Please see Locations and Hours.

The room is located behind the Information Desk (Adult Department) in the Main Library.

walkingtourlogo1Historical Walking Tours of Waterloo

The Waterloo Public Library is pleased to present two walking tours of our neighbourhoods, one for Uptown Waterloo and the other for the Mary-Allen neighbourhood.

You can download the tours to your portable audio or video player and head outdoors for a walk, or take an audio, video or virtual tour on your computer without leaving home!

Or, come by the Main Library and borrow one of our MP3 players with the tours pre-loaded!

Each tour is approximately one hour in length, and focuses on noteworthy homes and businesses in the Uptown Waterloo and Mary Allen neighbourhoods of Waterloo.

Click here for more information.

For more details, contact Janet Seally, Manager, Information Services & Local History,  at 519-886-1310 ext. 126 or email.

Note:  this walking tour is a “snap-shot in time”, created in 2009.