Celia M. Hastings Local History Room

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 the history of the Long Island Region and of the Patchogue-Medford Area.  Long Island Reference and New York [State history] Reference book collectionsare  complemented by periodical, genealogy, map & atlas, postcard & photographic, vertical file, oral history, and archival collections.  These are rounded out by and expanding series of online electronic web pages (see below) and offline electronic resources (inquire at the local history reference desk).  Online resources include a series of web pages related to New York State, Long Island, Suffolk County, Brookhaven Town, and the Patchogue-Medford Area, along with links to digital editions of many local history classics (usually full-text, searchable, and downloadable), both from outside sources and from recently digitized PML holdings. Selected audio & video resources and historic images also appear online.  The Room also features mounted works, changing exhibits & displays (see below), and a selection of handouts (in-house publications, nearly all also appear online).  See also below for a more detailed Description, a Self-Guided Room Tour, information on our Local History Web Pages (below), to contact a librarian, ask a question, make a constructive suggestion, or to set up an appointment, 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


► Click here for  A Self-Guided Tour of the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room [rev. 11/14/11] -- includes color photos


► 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


< Note: In the column to the Upper Left of this section, under Local History, are a set of links to individual web pages, that generally proceed downward from larger to smaller geographic areas.  These often include full-text, searchable classic histories, public documents in collection, occasional genealogies, and related Patchogue-Medford Library Catalog Samplers.  Many works that appear in one web page support works in others. Browsing more general or more specific web pages can improve your chances of finding additional useful information.  Most web pages are internally arranged by subtopic.  A set of thematic websites generally follow the geographic ones Web pages are partly based on frequently-asked questions (serving as a sort of FAQ), designed to offer answers, or to provide some preliminary guidance and orientation.   See also...


► Click here forLocal History Web Pages 1-Page Summary Sheet of Patchogue-Medford Library local history web pages & satellite pages (rev. 3/13/14


► Click here for A User's Guide to PML's Local History Web Pages (rev.1/3/13) 


Click here for Currently Featured Exhibits on the Local History Room Picture Windows & Door (rev. 6/25/13)


►  Click here to discover Who Uses a Local History Collection? 


► Click here for  A Guide to Localizing Dewey, for Long Island Use  (rev. & exp. 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 (rev. & exp. 1/5/13)


For more information:  Contact Mark Rothenberg, Head, Celia M. Hastings Local History Room, tel.:  (631) 654-4700, ext. 240.    




► 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, request a room tour (general, or more specific to your interests), local history web tour...)