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Local History Collection

The internet is only one source for researching local history. Come and explore the Newburgh Free Library’s Local History Resource Center to bring Newburgh history alive. 

Perhaps you are beginning a family history or have hit a block in your research.  Remember Newburgh Free Library’s Local History Resource Center houses materials dating back to the early 1800s and knowledgeable librarians are available to guide you in your search.

The 4,000 books in our collection include genealogical books and guides, local church records, family histories, select local cemetery records and materials pertaining to the history of Newburgh and New Windsor,

Our LHRC houses Newburgh City Directories back to the 1860s and telephone directories back to the 1930s through early 2000s and a sizable Urban Renewal collection.  It also houses 60 linear feet of pamphlet materials and local newspaper clippings. Many of these items are indexed by author, title and subject in the Library’s OPAC and/or the Local History Room’s separate catalog of approximately 75,000 items.  Approximately 425 maps and 425 photographs and two hundred postcards dating from 1910. Newburgh Enlarged City School District year books can also be perused in our beautiful new resource center beginning April 2022. 

Click here for updates, hours of operation and location of the Local History Room.

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This form is for Adults (ages 18+) of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District service area to request a library card from the Newburgh Free Library. Please note that you must include an email or your request will not be processed. If you currently have an active library card you DO NOT need to submit this form to use the resources provided by the Newburgh Free Library. All card numbers will be emailed to the address listed so you may begin using our services while you wait for your physical card to be mailed.

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