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Local History Guide

Penfield Library has a wealth of material in local history.

Local History research in Penfield Library

The Circulating and Reference collections offer books and monographs on the history of both Oswego City and County. The Serials Collection contains various local newspapers on microfilm. Special Collections, located in the lower level of the library, has the most extensive collection of local history materials including locally produced manuscripts, photographs and maps. Special Collections hours and servicesCopy/Reproduction policies. Or, submit a Special Collections inquiry to ask how to make an appointment. 

All materials cited in this guide can be found in the Reference Collection, Circulating Collection or Special Collections. Please inquire at the Reference Information Desk if you need assistance with a search or if items cannot be found.


Reference Collection – First floor
Circulating Collection – Third floor
Special Collections – Lower level

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