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.  

Reading Room Open Hours 
  Tuesdays: 10-2 and 3-6 
  Wednesdays: 10-4 
  Thursdays: 10-4 *

Closed Mondays and Fridays except by special arrangement.  

*The Library and the History Room are closed from Thursday 5/26/22 through Monday 5/30/22 for building maintenance and for Memorial Day. 

These hours are sometimes subject to change due to staff schedules.

If you have materials to donate, or think that the materials you need for research may be in the secure archive, 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. 

For more information on using the History Room, click here.  We also offer remote research assistance by telephone or email: historyroom [at] holyokelibrary.org
History Room direct line:  413.420.8107 

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 eventsclick 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. Please provide the details of your prior research so that we do not duplicate it.  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.


To receive occasional emails about our events see this link.