Local History

About the Brookline Room

The Public Library of Brookline preserves and provides access to materials that document the history of Brookline. The Brookline Room at the Brookline Village location is our dedicated space for local history materials and is open during regular library hours. Materials in the Brookline Room do not circulate, and some items require an appointment to view. Need more information or interested in setting up an appointment? Contact Us!

Print and Microfilm Collection

Our print and microfilm collections are searchable via our catalog. Check out our Local History Brochure for a summary of our holdings. Keyword searching of a selection of our microfilm and print holdings is available here.

Digital Collections

Many Brookline newspapers from 1870 – 1930 are searchable here, including Brookline Chronicle (1874 – 1880) and The Chronicle (1881 – 1918).

Other items in our digital collections may be found on the Digital Commonwealth. Check out our featured digital collections below.


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