Library

Kingston Branch possesses an impressive collection of genealogical reference material, the likes of which is unequalled between Toronto and Montreal.

Our library is usually housed in the Central Branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library 130 Johnson Street in downtown Kingston. However, due to renovations at the Central Branch, our collection will be located at the Isabel Turner Branch until approximately Spring 2018. When the renovations are completed, we will return to the Central Branch. Meanwhile, we hope to see you at the Turner Branch soon!

Our collection includes:

  • primary and secondary material
  • published and unpublished material
  • full sets of publications and cemetery transcriptions prepared by members of our branch
  • materials published or produced by
    • other Ontario genealogical groups
    • historical and lineage societies and groups
    • individuals
    • commercial publishers


View of about 2/3 of the shelving holding Kingston Branch's holdings, in the "Bishop's House" room on the ground floor, west end of the Central Library. Other shelving is out of view to the right. There are tables and carrels for a number of researchers to work simultaneously.

Our collection focuses on local materials, but it also contains many significant regional, provincial, national, international titles.

Our collection is non-circulating, but it's available for use by researchers whenever the library is open. For information about our full collection (as part of the library system collection), go to the library's online catalogue. Any material within our collection bears the location "GENEAL".

As titles are added to our library, they're listed in the next issue of our newsletter, which is sent out to all members. For more details about the library, contact the chair of the Library Committee.



This striking metalwork sculpture suggestive of a family tree was donated to the Branch library in summer 2011 by member Sandra Muis. Look for it on the wall to your left, just as you approach the Kingston Branch Library.

photography Nancy Cutway