The Genealogy/Local History collection, housed at the Ottawa Street Branch, includes:
The library also offers access to the Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest databases, and an online index of
obituaries published in the Joliet Herald-News from 1976 – 2012.
*NEW! Computers for local history, genealogy and digitization purposes in the Local History section.
Members of the public are welcome to come to the Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch and search items in our Genealogy/Local History collection. Microfilm copies can be made at no charge.
The staff of the library will search microfilmed editions of Joliet newspapers for obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, or other articles of interest. Due to the large number of pages published by Joliet newspapers, we will only do a search if you can give us at least the month and year that the event you wish searched occurred. Requests can be made by calling the Adult Services department of the Ottawa Street Branch at 815-740-2666, or by using our online Reference Request form.