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Local History

Delve into the rich history of our community, Long Island, and the Library itself in the Local History Center. Along with reference and circulating books and media, the center houses local history periodicals, genealogy resources, materials on historic preservation, historic photographs, a clipping file, the Tracks Through Time Oral History Collection, and archival records.

A History of the Northport-East Northport Public Library

A booklet published by the Northport-East Northport Public Library in 2005 and updated in 2014. Much of the text originally appeared in 2004 as a series of articles in the Library’s newsletters, in celebration of the Library’s 90th anniversary celebration. All photographs are from the Library’s archives.



Search for genealogical materials worldwide, including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications. Most of the microfilm collection is now available online. However, if needed, create a free FamilySearch account to request digitization (scan) of specific microfilm..

Historical Markers

Bright-blue roadside signs mark the locations of many historical sites in the Northport-East Northport community. Click on the link above to view a map of the community and then follow links to the locations and names of the markers. Photographs show the historical information given on each marker.

Kerouac: Off the Shelf:
A Bibliography of Resources in the Northport-East Northport Public Library

Beat author Jack Kerouac lived in Northport during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Because of continuing interest in his time in Northport and in two items owned by the library, a typescript of Kerouac's first book, The Town and the City, and an oral history interview with the writer, the library has developed an extensive Kerouac collection. This publication has been prepared as a guide to that collection. It also includes information about other Jack Kerouac resources.


Northport-East Northport Digital Collection
The New York Heritage digital collection contains historical views of the Northport-East Northport community, drawn from the Library’s Local History Center postcard and photograph collections.


NYS Historic Newspapers
Search or browse several Long Island newspapers, including the Northport Journal (1934 - May 17, 2012), The Record (1991- June 23, 2016), Northport Observer (1929 - 1942), Observer (1982 - 2016) and The Long Islander (1839 - 2016).

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Learn more about this French author of The Little Prince and his connection to the Northport community.


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