Local History

The Saratoga Room and Local History

The Saratoga Room at Saratoga Springs Public Library is home to a premier collection of primary sources that chronicle the rich history of the City of Saratoga Springs, NY. From rare books and photographs to maps and manuscripts, the Saratoga Room offers a unique opportunity to explore the heritage and evolution of the region. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a student, or a researcher, the Saratoga Room at Saratoga Springs Public Library is a valuable resource for delving into the past and uncovering the stories that have shaped the community.

The collection features rare books, journals, manuscripts, and reference materials focusing on local history, genealogy, and cultural heritage. Additionally, the Saratoga Springs Public Library provides access to digital archives and online databases that offer a convenient way to explore historical records and primary sources.

The knowledgeable staff in the Saratoga Room at Saratoga Springs Public Library are available to assist researchers in navigating the collection and locating specific resources to support their research endeavors. Whether you are conducting genealogical research, studying the development of the local community, or exploring the cultural heritage of the City of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Room offers a rich and diverse array of research materials to support your inquiries.

Stop by today, and take a walk through History, Health, Horses, and so much more.

As part of its digitization efforts, portions of the collection can also be found online through multiple services, such as:

Access to the room is available during the room’s special open hours. Please see the library’s hours page for details. For any additional requests or needs, you may contact the Saratoga Room.

Standard Hours: M, W, F: 9-5; Tu, Th: 9-9; Sat: 1-5

A Sampling of Our Many Resources

Many resources are available for your research about Saratoga Springs history! Interested in: Health, History, Horses? Come see what we have in the Saratoga Local History Room.

Donation of Items

First and foremost thank you to all who kindly consider thoughtful donations for the Saratoga Local History collection! Patrons and donors help make the collection remain diverse, relevant, and informative for future generations of researchers.

For questions, or to provide details about the intended donation and related contact information, reach out to the Saratoga Room, or speak in-person (review the room’s hours).

Legally, any and all items being donated, including items such as books, manuscripts, ephemera, and photographs, must be signed over to the Saratoga Room by Gift Agreement. This does not include the intellectual property rights, so each item is bound by allowable use and copyright depending on the date, media format, and if the donator has the right to provide such rights.

For those interested in donating to the library’s local history collection within the Saratoga Room, we can only accept a proposed donation with a signed gift agreement, or at a minimum, complete contact information including a full name, address, phone number, and email address.

For the library’s own stipulations on donations, separate from the Saratoga Room, please see the Collection Development and Materials Selection Policy.
For donations of books made to the Friends Book Shop, please refer to the Friends Book Shop website.