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Local History

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

*Important update* We are happy to announce, that from September 14th on, walk-ins are now welcome. **Please note, we are still operating at a limited capacity. Reservations are encouraged for anyone wanting to ensure access to the building, however if we have not reached capacity with reservations, walk-ins will be accepted. Monday-Friday hours have also been extended to 9 am - 6 pm | Saturday - Library Take-out Service ONLY 9 am - 1 pm

Special Collections

Please Note: The room will be closed until further notice.

Below you will find links to our historic photos online, and 

the Westerly High School yearbooks collection.

The room is currently closed.
It's a good idea to call ahead 
to verify the schedule:
401-596-2877 Ext. 3.

Mondays: 9am-3 pm

Tuesdays: 10am - 3 pm; 5:30pm-7:30pm
Wednesdays: 6-7:45 pm
*mornings by appointment
Thursdays: 10am-12pm; 5:30-7:45 pm 
*afternoons by appointment

Fridays: 9am-11am
*afternoons by appointment

 Online Special Collections Items:

Westerly High School Yearbooks 

Westerly Library's Photo 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

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:

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 in the Reference area.

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:

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.