Link to Accessible Catalogue
 

London Room Digitization, Phase Two

As many of our local researchers and genealogists are aware, there is a mountain of wonderful, unique, and often quirky information tucked away in the Ivey Family London Room at the Central Library in London, Ontario. For years we have been working towards improved access for researchers near and far. 
In 2010, due to a generous donation from The Friends of the London Public Library, the Digital Image Gallery was born, and we were able to begin scanning and uploading some of our historical photographs. Over 1,100 people visit this site monthly to browse the collection, ask questions, and provide answers. We are now embarking on our next project.
If you’ve been to the London Room, you will recognize this beautiful piece of furniture. The card catalogue is filled (yes, filled!), with thousands and thousands of index cards. One side of the cabinet holds cards that are mostly handwritten, while the more modern content has been meticulously collected, typed on index cards, and interfiled until just last March. That's when we took the first steps towards making all this information available online via the Digital Image Gallery. With donated funds again, we were able to assign a staff person to digitize the first index of 30,500 cards. We invite you to follow along with us as we work our way through this collection, navigating the potholes, following detours, and uncovering hidden treasure.
The London Room Card Catalogue