The Local History References Database contains an index of names, places and events of local interest extracted from books, journals, clipping files, scrapbooks, audio/visual materials, correspondence and microforms. In addition, a number of cemetery, census, birth, death, marriage and church record indexes are indexed by name in this database. Additionally, there are a number of scanned versions of these files that would be under the "Linked Resources" tab.

This database expands upon the description of items contained in the Local History Collection by providing a detailed index of the contents of many works relevant to the Niagara area. This includes names, places, and events that may not be described by the subject headings included in the bibliographic description of an item in the library's catalogue.