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Local History

Explore the history of our community, Long Island and the Library itself in the Local History Center. Resources include: reference and circulating books, DVDs, local history periodicals, vertical files, archival records, oral histories, digitized local newspapers as well as other online resources.

A History of the Northport-East Northport Public Library

Booklet published by the Northport-East Northport Public Library in 2005 and updated in 2020. All photographs are from the Library’s archives.

Historical Markers

Bright-blue roadside signs mark the locations of many historical sites in the Northport-East Northport community.

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.


New York Heritage Digital Collections
Contains historical community photographs, library history photographs, postcards and historical markers of the Northport-East Northport community.


NYS Historic Newspapers
Digital access to several Long Island newspapers, including the Northport Journal (1885 - May 17, 2012), The Record (1991- June 23, 2016), Northport Observer (1927 - 1962), Observer (1962 - 2019), The Long- Islander (1839 - 2019) and the Times of Huntington, Northport & East Northport (2004-2019).

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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


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