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The electronic translation service on Surrey Libraries' website is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Surrey Libraries cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information.  Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on the Surrey Libraries website, we encourage you to contact Surrey Libraries to discuss it.  You can also contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi


Databases (Library card required)

Ancient & Medieval History Online — Learn about the cultures of ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, and ancient and medieval Asia. Includes biographies, timelines, maps and videos.

EBSCO — A collection of databases, including: Masterfile, over 1700 magazines covering all subjects; and Academic Search, over 2000 periodicals.

Research in Context — For middle to high school students on history, biography, and other subjects, including overview essays, critical analyses, biographies, timelines & multimedia.


Local History

Heritage Sites from the City of Surrey Surrey's heritage facilities, services, places, tours, planning and initiatives.

Historic Stewart Farm Charming restored 1894 farmhouse, pole barn, heirloom gardens and picturesque walking trails along the Nicomekl River. Enjoy tours with costumed guides, demonstrations, and seasonal special events and programs. Lovely spot for picnics.

Langley Centennial Museum

Surrey Archives

Surrey's History by Jack Brown

Surrey Museum

British Columbia

B.C. Archives Time Machine Designed for school-age kids, this site is a great source for BC historical documents and images.

Fraser River From the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS).

The Homeroom British Columbia's history of education website.


Canada in the Making A one-stop on-line shop to access the pivotal acts and treaties that led to Confederation. Provides excellent coverage of Canada's constitutional history, and treaties and relations with First Nations. Includes digitized versions of the 1774 Quebec Act, the 1840 Union Act and the 1867 British North America Act, and maps showing the evolution of Canada's boundaries from 1763 to 1867.

Canada Yearbook 1867 to 1967.

Canadian Encyclopedia Online From the Historica Foundation of Canada.

Canadian History Timeline

CBC Radio And Television Archives Over a thousand news and current affairs radio and TV clips, searchable by keyword or browsable by categories. From the Department of Canadian Heritage, a gateway to information about arts and culture in Canada, which includes links to and lists of Canada's museums, galleries, archives and libraries; resources on Canada's cultural heritage.

Democracy at War Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War An archive of hundreds of thousands of articles from the Hamilton Spectator's clippings morgue, published during World War II. Contains clippings from other Canadian and International newspapers such as the New York Times. Developed by the Canadian War Museum, in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canadian Culture Online Program.

Early Images of CANADA Illustrations from rare books...from the Library and Archives of Canada's Rare Book Collection and the Digital Library of Canada Task Force of Library and Archives Canada.

Exploring Saskatchewan History through the Decades

Halifax Explosion Project From the CBC.

John A. Macdonald Portal Dedicated to the life and career of John A. Macdonald, sign up for a free user ID to use this site. is a content rich website with a comprehensive collection of key materials and related resources on the Komagata Maru incident, which includes personal interviews, digitized contents, videos and learning modules. This is a great source for educators, researchers, students and general public to learn more about this historic event and its impact on later culture and experience.

Multicultural Canada — Access historical records of Canada's multi-ethnic communities.

OurRoots A collection of digitized Canadian local histories, covering topics such as the Klondike Gold Rush, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, architecture, Aboriginal communities, churches and schools, agriculture, and politics.


British Library's Online Gallery With 30,000 items.

Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 Edition.

Global Chinese Language and Culture Center — Website with much information on Taiwanese art, culture and history, including educational resources. Website may be viewed in English, Spanish, or Chinese.

Gutenberg Bible From The University of Texas at Austin, making thousands of images available.

Historical Map Collection From the National Library of Scotland.

In the First Person An index to letters, diaries, oral histories and personal narratives. Includes much Canadian content, as well as international.

Lockheed SR-71 Online Military Aircraft Museum and Gallery of Pictures.

South Asia History Bibliography


dMarie Time Capsule Allows you to search for what happened on specific days in history, including what was in the news, top TV shows, top songs, and more.

History Channel

History from the BBC Check out ancient history and more!

History Guide Explore the over 3,000 resources.


The Internet Library of Early Journals; 18th and 19th century journals A joint project by the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. The goal is to digitize "substantial runs" of 18th and 19th century journals, and make these images available on the Internet, together with their associated bibliographic data.

Obituaries Archive: From, this archive provides the full obituaries (dating back to May 2002) printed in the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers, allowing you to search by name or date.

Perseus An evolving digital library, engineering interactions through time, space, and language from Tufts University.


Dictionary of Canadian Biography From the National Archives / National Library of Canada.