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Local History

Discover the beautiful towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT.

Special Collections

Special Collections Hours:

Monday
9am - 3pm
 
Tuesday
10am - 12pm
1pm - 3pm
5:30pm - 7:30pm
 
Wednesday
9am - 11am
1pm - 3 pm
6pm - 8 pm
 
Thursday
10am - 12pm 
 
Friday
9am - 11am
 

We are very excited to announce that the Westerly High School yearbooks are now available online! Click here to go to our Flickr account and view the collection.


Please call 401-596-2877 Ext. 3 in advance of visiting to verify that Special Collections is open. Access to some collection materials requires a special appointment.

Contact Information:

Westerly Library

44 Broad St.

Westerly, RI 02891

Attn: Nina Wright

Library phone: 401-596-2877 Ext. 3

nwright@westerlylibrary.org

The Special Collections at Westerly Library encompass Local History and Genealogy materials, as well as rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts.  These materials reflect the rich history of Westerly and Pawcatuck, CT.  

In addition to a wide variety of books relating to the history of Westerly and the surrounding area, the Local History collection also includes:

* Please note that access to the starred items requires an appointment. Email nwright@westerlylibrary.org or call 401-596-2877 Ext. 310 to inquire.

Using the Collection
Special Collections materials do not circulate. Fragile items, or information protected by restrictions, may not be available for use. Materials must not be subjected to any risk of damage during their use, such as food, drink, ink, rough handling, etc.

If you cannot make it to the Local History room during its hours of operation, if staffing permits, we can often bring materials out to the Reference area for you. You would be asked to leave an ID at the Reference desk and stay within view while you look at the items.

Since many of the materials are not cataloged, it is important to contact the Library first to determine if the desired information is available. It may take some time for Library staff and Local History volunteers to locate certain items or information.

Queries by Mail or E-Mail
The Reference staff can provide basic assistance with long distance research. In lieu of a research fee, a donation to Special Collections would be welcomed. We request a $10.00 donation for each search. 

All research requests must be submitted in writing and include pertinent names, dates, and subjects to be researched  Please email the Special Collections librarian, Nina Wright, for additional information: nwright@westerlylibrary.org.

Donations
We welcome donations of materials that meet the criteria of the collection policy. Great treasures found in local attics will be well cared for and shared by future generations at the Westerly Library upon donation.

Volunteering
Contact the Westerly Library for information on becoming a Local History volunteer at 401-596-2877 Ext. 322, or submit an online application.