The Celia M. Hastings Local History Room is located on the Main Floor (Terry Street side), of The Patchogue-Medford Library. It contains an eclectic reference collection, emphasizing history of the Long Island Region and the Patchogue-Medford Area. Its Long Island Reference and New York Reference [State history] book collections, are complemented by its periodical, genealogy, map & atlas, postcard & photographic, vertical file, oral history, and archival collections. These are rounded out by this website, with its expanding series of online electronic web pages (under a number of geographic and subject themes, with chronologies, digital materials, and links), plus offline electronic resources (inquire at the Local History Room's reference desk). Online resources include a series of web pages related to New York State, the Long Island Region, individual L.I. Counties (including Suffolk), ihe10 Towns of L.I. (proper), including Brookhaven Town), L.I.'s Outer Islands, its numerous Villages (incorporated and unincorporated), the Patchogue-Medford Area (its villages, and their history); along with links to digital editions of many local history classics (usually full-text, searchable, downloadable), both from digitized PML holdings and outside sources. A growing selection of online local history reference tools serve both those casually browsing and those doing research.. This website has been designed to serve many people from many perspectives. Audio & video resources, PowerPoint presentations, and historic images are featured. The Local History Room also features mounted works, occasionally changing exhibits & displays (often tied to current comemorations), and a variety of free handouts (primarily in-house publications, nearly all of which also appear online). See also below for a more detailed Description of Collections and Services, a Self-Guided Tour of the Local History Room, information on our Local History Website, or to contact a librarian, ask a question, make a constructive suggestion, or to set up an appointment, within or outside regular room hours.
Local History Room Hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
- Thursday & Friday: 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- Saturday: 9:30 AM - 12:00 P.M. & 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
- Sundays (October-May): 1:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
If the room is not open during posted hours, inquire at the Adult Reference Desk.
Local History Room Mission
The purpose of the Local History Collection is to provide the community with a reference collection on selected aspects of the history of Patchogue, Medford, Brookhaven Town, Suffolk County, Long Island, and New York State, in various formats and media, including but not limited to texts, photos, audiocassettes, and electronic resources, and to create and improve the tools that promote its accessibility. Approved by the Board of Trustees, October 2002.
► Click here for A Description of Local History Room Collections, Services, Policies, & History (Revised January 2015)
► Click here for A Self-Guided Tour of the Celia M.Hastings Local History Room (Revised January 2015) -- includes color photos
► Click here for a 360 Degree Views of the Room (Courtesy of Inside Patchogue) [New, April 2015]
► Click here to discover Who Was Celia M. Hastings? -- Article courtesy of the Long Island Advance
► Click here to go to the Patchogue-Medford Library History web page
A Few Notes
The "History Pages" (upper left column), generally proceed downward from larger to smaller geographic areas, offering classified sets of links to information and additional web pages on major local history subtopics and themes, relating to the geographic area covered.
The basic geographic web pages, and their subsidiary web pages generally include full-text, searchable classic histories, public documents-in-collection, occasional genealogies, digitized material from our collections, or providing links to local history works in other attributed collections, and related Patchogue-Medford Library Catalog and Vertical File samplers.
Many works that appear at one level of geography support and relate to works in others (e.g., State histories often have material relating to counties or regions of that state). Browsing more general or more specific web pages, larger or smaller geographic areas, can improve your chances of finding additional information of interest or use. Under "Resources" (lower left column), a number of handy reference links for research or browsing local history follow. Web pages are based in-part on frequently-asked questions (serving as a sort of FAQ), designed to offer answers, or to provide some preliminary guidance and orientation. Some web pages address local aspects of an historical celebration or commemorative event (e.g., a history month, year, archives month, centennial, bicentennial, 350th anniversary, etc.).
See also the following:
► Click here for PML Local History Website: A 1-Page Summary Sheet of Patchogue-Medford Library Local History web pages & satellite pages (Revised January 8, 2015)
► Click here for Current Local History Room Displays and Exhibits (January 2015)
► Click here to discover Who Uses a Local History Collection?
► Click here for A Guide to Localizing Dewey, for Long Island Use (Revised & expanded 11/13/12)
► Click here for A Few Thoughts on Some of the Quirks of L.I. Local History
► Click here for Local History Contacts and Some Key Websites (Revised & expanded December 2014)
► For more information: Contact Mark Rothenberg, Local History Liaison, Celia M. Hastings Local History Room: Tel: (631) 654-4700, ext. 240; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
► Click here to Book an Appointment with a Librarian (check the box for local history, and indicate your interest(s): e.g., identify your specific research topic, or request a Local History Room tour (general, or one specific to your interests), or a general local history website tour.