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It is recommended that patrons who wish to view Local History files book an appointment with a librarian.

Please note our city directories on microfilm will be unavailable beginning October 5 for about one month. They are being digitized in partnership with Montclair History Center!

MPL’s Local History Room has a collection of archived materials related to Montclair. This includes The Montclair Times on microfilm dating back to 1877, city directories, high school yearbooks, and biographical and subject-based newspaper clippings. We also have photos, many of which are digitized and available on the Historic Image Database, and a selection of NICHE videos available for viewing on YouTube.

Many homeowners in town also like to research their house. The Local History Room has tax records and deed abstracts, which are available for viewing by appointment. For more specific information about researching a building in Montclair (House, church, business, or any kind of building), click here.

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