Local History Room: New Hours!

newhours2Our Local History Room, located on the second floor of the Main Building has new hours! Beginning on May 3, a librarian will be available to answer your genealogy and history related questions or you are invited to just browse the collection:
Tuesdays • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursdays • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

To make individual appointments or for more information, contact Teresa Schwind at 631–427-5165 x 202 or by email: .

Saving Long Island’s Historic Properties with the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA)
Monday, July 31 • 7:00 pm • Main Meeting Room
Register using code HMA964
Are you interested in preserving Long Island’s historic buildings? Join us for an informative evening with SPLIA Preservation Director Sarah Kautz, as she discusses Long Island historic properties and what can be done to save them. Detailed information will follow in the July-August Newsletter.   Registration required beginning June 5th with SRC signup. HPL cardholders only.
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History Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books. This content comes from leading history publishers such as Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds Inc., Oliver Press, Oxford University Press, Rourke Publishing LLC, Salem Press, Stackpole Books, and Toucan Valley Publications.  History Reference Center also includes full text for 150 leading history periodicals, including America's Civil War, American Historical Review, American History, Archaeology, British Heritage, Canada’s History, Civil War Times, Heritage New Zealand, Military History, Teaching History, African Studies Quarterly, Ancient Egypt Magazine, American Indian Quarterly, Australian Historical Studies, Chinese Studies in History, Early Medieval Europe, Family & Community History, and many more!


Our Mary Talmage Local History Room houses a collection of materials consisting of photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, maps, newspaper clippings, oral histories, and many unique items that were originally housed in the Soldier's and Sailor's Memorial Building, and moved to our present location at 338 Main Street.

Room Hours:

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 4:30 pm  ·  Thursdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm  For further information about our collection, doing research or donating materials, please contact Teresa Schwind at 631-427-5165 ext. 202 or email 

Huntington Digital Collection

Huntington Public Library and Town history through historic photographs, documents, postcards, oral histories, and a Walt Whitman collection are available via our Huntington Digital Collection.

Family History Center Microfilm/Microfiche Service

Your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records!

As a Huntington Public Library patron, you are entitled to request microfilm and microfiche listed in the Family History Library Catalog. As the requestor, you are responsible for all charges and will make payments directly to the Family History Center. Your requested items will be delivered to Huntington Public Library for you.

Note: Before ordering any film, check the Family History Library Catalog to see if there is a digital copy online for you to view.

(for film loans in the United States and Canada)
  • Short-term Film Loan $7.50
  • Short-term Film Loan Extension $7.50
  • Extended Film Loan $18.75
  • Microfiche Loan $4.75
Detailed information is provided when you click on to create an account. For additional assistance, please contact the Adult Reference department at .  Please Note:  On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services.  (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)  The change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

Long Island Memories

Huntington Public Library is proud to participate in the Long Island Memories Project, a Long Island Library Resources (LILRC) Regional Digitization Program to develop a regional digital collection built collaboratively by regional institutions that will:

  • Ensure public access to the rich regional resources of Long Island.
  • Promote the economic and efficient delivery of digital resources to the people of Long Island.
  • Contribute to the State and National effort to develop digital libraries and museums.
  • Encourage the use of digital resources to meet the New York State education standards.
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