Fun with Local History - Bingo
Wednesday, January 24 • 2:00 pm •Auditorium
Register using code HMA946
How well do you know your library and your town? Using local names and places join us in playing Local History Bingo! Learn as you play! Small prizes will be awarded to winners!   Registration required. HPL cardholders only. Open to all January 10.



Fun with Local History - Trivia
Wednesday, January 31 • 2:00 pm •Auditorium
Register using code HMA947

How well do you know your library and your town? Using local names and places join us in playing Trivia! Learn as you play! Small prizes will be awarded to winners!  All questions will be related to Huntington’s history. Some knowledge may be required to answer questions but the goal is to have fun!   Registration required. HPL cardholders only. Open to all on January 10.



Local History Room: New Hours!

newhours2Our Local History Room, located on the second floor of the Main Building has new hours! 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
Wednesdays • 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Beginning in October)

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

history reference center
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

Please Note:  As of August 31, 2017 the microfilm circulation from the Family History Center to libraries will be ending.  Family History Center has digitized much of their collection and report that the remaining microfilms should be digitized by 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment. There are still questions about access to some resources.  As we get clarification from the Family History Center we will let you know.  



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.



Highlights of our Collection

Interior of Soldiers and Sailors Building


  • A Sermon Preached at Brook-haven, on Long Island, June 15th, 1758, previous to the Ordination of The Rev. Mr. Abner Brush, published 1758
  • A Sketch of the First Settlement of the Several Towns on Long Island by Silas Wood, 1826
  • New York City Directories: 1786, 1811, 1863, 1873
  • Huntington Phonebooks (1978-present)


  • Original Walt Whitman Correspondence
  • Historic Documents and Letters: Wills, Deeds and Correspondence relating to Ketcham, Lloyd and Wood families (1704-1914)

School District:

  • Huntington School District High School Yearbooks (1930-present)
  • The Scribe, Huntington High School, vol. 1, no. 1, December 1904
  • The Question Mark, Huntington High School, Feb 1935 - June 1936
  • Census Records (1920-1924)


  • Ketcham
  • Brush
  • Bowers
  • Lloyd
  • Frost
  • Sammis
  • Wickes
  • Skidmore
  • Scudder
  • and more...

Historic Newspapers:
Portico (Huntington Newspaper) - (1826-1827)
  • Harper's Magazine (1850-1944)
  • Harpers Weekly (1857-1864)
  • National Enquirer (1827)

  • Long Island Forum (1939-2004)
  • Long Island Historical Journal (1988-2008)
  • Huntington Historical Society Quarterly (1961-1986)
  • Suffolk County Historical Society Register (1978-2002)
  • New York History (1960-2001)
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1859-2004)
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (1872-present)



English French Spanish

The Huntingtonian Digital Archive
is Now Available:
1930 to 1955

The Huntingtonian Archive
HeritageQuest Online
Ancestry Library Edition

On-Site Services

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