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Research & Reference

Looking for local history or genealogy research? The library can help!

For in-library use, we have the following resources:

  • The library’s Reference Collection which includes North Bay and area information
  • Back issues of the North Bay Nugget on microfilm dating back to 1909
  • accessible from the library’s public computers


For those who cannot visit the library in person, we also offer a Research Service. Research requests can be submitted to us by email ( or by phone (705-474-4830). The cost is $10 for date-specific requests and $25 for more in-depth research.


$10 requests are shorter requests where the date is known:

  • Obituary, death or funeral notice
  • Birth announcement
  • Wedding or engagement announcement
  • A specific article or photo known to be published in the Nugget on a specific date (or close approximate date)


$25 in-depth research requests include:

  • Searches on specific topics, people or events (local to North Bay and surrounding area)
  • Searches where there is a broader date range (spanning a few months or years)

OGS Nipissing Branch

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If you require assistance with a genealogy search, the Nipissing District Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is located on the lower level of the library. The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1pm-3:30pm.


For more information or to contact the OGS, visit this page