Ask Us

Need help getting started on local history research? Ask Us! The Thunder Bay Public Library's online reference service, is available to local and non-resident researchers by email at We will make every effort to reply to your question within one week of receiving it. 

TBPL's Ask Us Service Includes:

  • Confirmation of dates, names, and quick facts
  • Brief biographical information
  • Telephone numbers and addresses of businesses, associations, or individuals
  • Search assistance with the Library's Online catalogue and Virtual Collection resources
  • Short answers on local topics

For more complex questions which go beyond the limits of the Ask Us service, staff will direct you to various sources where you can start your research. We may also suggest that you visit the Brodie Resource Library to consult some of our resources.

Staff will not do homework for you, nor can we provide legal, medical, or financial advice. We will, however, suggest sources to help you on your research journey.

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