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Microfilm & Microfiche

Interested in old newspapers? Doing research and need access to passenger lists, old censuses, or BC city directories? Much of this information is found on microfilm and microfiche! All microfilm and microfiche collections are found on the first floor of Central Branch, near Travel, Biography and History.


Newspapers on Microfilm

Toronto Globe and Mail 1977-December 2010

Vancouver Sun 1942-1953, 1989-

Victoria Daily Chronicle May 2, 1863-June 23, 1866

Victoria Daily Colonist Dec. 1858-Aug. 1980

Victoria Daily Times June 1884-July 1980

Victoria Times Colonist Sept. 1980-present (2 month delay)

Victorian Jan. 7, 1971-Dec.31, 1975


Indexes on Microfilm

B.C. Newspaper Index 1900-1990 (Produced by the Legislative Library; 16 mm)


Passenger Lists on Microfilm

North Sydney 1906-1922

Saint John 1900-1922

Quebec (includes Montreal) 1865-1921

Quebec (includes Montreal)  1865-1869 – Surnames A-Z


Census on Microfilm

1666-1851

1860-1861

1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1906, 1911, 1916


British Columbia City Directories on Microfilm

1860-2001 (see also: Historic City Directories)


Microfiche (B.C. Archives/Vital Statistics Agency)

B.C. Marriage Index (by Bride’s surname & Groom’s surname) 1872-1927

B.C. Death Index (by surname) 1872-1982

B.C. Birth Index (by surname) 1872-1902


The following technology is available for viewing and reproducing images:

Microfilm Readers  – 2  (Note that one of the readers is wheelchair accessible)

Text Magnifier

GVPL Catalogue Kiosk – 1

Microfilm Scanner – 1 (Can print and save to USB)


Can’t find It in our Collection? Contact us for alternatives!

For information on borrowing, loan periods and overdues, see Borrowing.