Please call in advance of visiting to verify that Special
Collections is open. Access to some collection materials may require a
Local History and Special Collections
Westerly Public Library
44 Broad Street
Westerly, RI 02891
The Special Collections at Westerly Public Library encompass Local History and Genealogy materials, as well as rare books, manuscripts and artifacts. These materials reflect the rich history, literature and life in 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
Margaret Wise Brown
Using the Collection
The Special Collections Room is staffed by volunteers who
generously donate time to assist patrons seeking information on
Westerly and the surrounding area.
Special Collections materials do not circulate and must be
used in the Local History Room. 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.
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. Photocopies of collection materials will be provided for an
additional fee of .15 per page.
All research requests must be submitted in writing and include
pertinent names, dates, and subjects to be researched Please email the
Reference staff for addtional information:
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 Public
Library upon donation.
Contact the Westerly Public Library for information on becoming a Local History volunteer, or submit an online application. Additional Resources