Holyoke History Room
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. Two public-access computers are available in the History Room for patron use, as is free wireless access to those who bring their own computers or tablets.
The History Room is currently open by APPOINTMENT. We do, however, nearly always have immediate appointment times. Just call us! 413.420.8107
Most appointment slots are on Tuesdays (10Am-2PM and 3PM-6PM) or Wednesdays or Thursdays (10AM- 4:00PM). We are generally not open to the public on Mondays or Fridays.
To make a research appointment, call 413.420.8107. Please leave a message and wait for a call back. For more details, see Using the Collection.
To note: Visitors and staff are required to wear masks in our building. Please wear a mask covering your mouth and nose at all times when using the History Room. Please also note that the Library bathrooms remain closed to the public.
We also offer 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.
See our YouTube Channel for video digitization projects and selected event recordings
For History Room news and events, click here.
Information for Researchers: Collections located in the Reading Room are available during Regular Reading Room hours for use without an appointment. If you anticipate using archival or other collections, please contact the History Room 24-48 hours in advance of your visit. All History Room materials are non-circulating. For more information, see Collections , Digital Collections, and Using the Collection. For research appointments, contact the Librarian for Historical Collections at the number below.
Classes: Inquiries regarding class or group visits and student projects of all types are welcome. The best collaborations are preceded by a meeting with the Librarian for Historical Collections, who can prepare and tailor your group's experience. History Room resources can be used to support research on a wide variety of topics related to the city and its history or to provide writing prompts and inspiration for creative work. Contact the Librarian for more information or to make an appointment. We welcome groups of all ages.
Librarian for Historical Collections: Eileen Crosby, Ph.D., M.S.L.S.
Call us: (413) 420 - 8107
Email us: historyroom [at] holyokelibrary.org
Telephone and email inquiries: For patrons unable to visit the Reading Room, our volunteer staff can conduct limited research. To request an obituary search of the Holyoke Transcript-Telegram, please provide the individual's name and date of death as well as your own name and contact information. A small fee is charged for copies provided by mail or email. Please allow 7-10 days for each request.