The Holyoke History Room is dedicated to preserving the history of Holyoke and supporting research into the city's past. History Room collections include maps, photographs, city directories, and Holyoke newspapers (on microfilm) from the 1850s to the 1990s. Biographical and subject files provide information on numerous Holyoke residents, landmarks, businesses, institutions, and organizations.The Reading Room is located off the third-level gallery in the new Holyoke Public Library.
Regular Reading Room Open Hours
Tuesdays: 10-2 and 3-6
Closed Mondays and Fridays except by special arrangement.
If you think that the materials you need for research may be in the secure archive, or have materials to donate, or are coming from a distance, please call in advance to let us know you are coming. Due to limited staffing, research collections held in secure storage may not available to those without an appointment.
If you wish to bring a group to the History Room, please contact us in advance so that we can prepare an informative visit.
We can also provide limited remote research assistance by telephone or email:
Online Research: See our Digital Collections and our Collections pages for free online local history resources. See our Genealogy page for ways (including many free ones) to continue your research online. The Library also has many other online resources for general research availalble to Holyoke Public Library cardholders. If your card is from a different library, check that library's website for access to e-resources.
History Room YouTube Channel for video digitization projects and selected event recordings
Librarian for Historical Collections: Eileen Crosby, Ph.D., M.S.L.S.
Call us: (413) 420 - 8107
Email us: email@example.com
Telephone and email inquiries: For patrons unable to visit the Reading Room, our volunteer staff can conduct limited research. Please provide the details of your prior research (so that we do not duplicate it) along with your own name and contact information. Please allow 7-10 days for look-ups, longer for more complex requests.
To receive occasional emails about our events, click this link.
Thank you to all our patrons for your patience during our move back to the Holyoke Public Library. We have enjoyed seeing so many familiar and new faces. We had many visitors the day of the Library's Grand Opening (below). In the second image, the library's portraits of Joseph Parsons (Parsons Paper) and Minnie and William Dwight (Holyoke Transcript-Telegram) are visible.