The Francis Branch is temporarily closed today (Monday, June 17) due to an HVAC issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Francis Branch is temporarily closed today (Monday, June 17) due to an HVAC issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Local & Family History


Local & Family History department is located on the 3rd floor of Main Library. Our research librarians can help you with local history projects, digitalizing photographs, and more.

Monday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ( Labor Day – Memorial Day)

574.282.4621 |
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The St. Joe County Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate library!

Research Assistance

The library can assist long distance or homebound patrons with lookups of St. Joseph County items, such as obituaries, marriage licenses, and newspaper articles. There may be a charge for this service.

For consultation on your local or family history research projects, make an appointment with a librarian. Call 574.282.4621 or email for more information.

Digitization Stations

Preserve your treasured family memories by digitizing home movies, tapes, photographs, and documents. Four stations may be reserved in four-hour blocks. Supported formats include: photos, documents, slides, negatives, 8mm film, VHS, audio cassettes, and LP records. Digitized items can be saved on flash drives or external hard drives. Call for more information and to make a reservation.


Most of our microfilm collection cannot be found in the library catalog, please review these documents:

Archival Materials

LFH holds more than just books. Review our complete list of Finding Aids for archival materials including pamphlets, programs, minutes, reports, photographs, etc.


Donations to support our Local & Family History department are welcomed and appreciated.

Items we love:

  • Local high school yearbooks
  • City directories
  • Histories of local businesses, organizations or churches
  • Other local history items

To donate books by local authors please see Local Author Book Donation

We are happy to accept one copy of your published family history if the family has a local connection. We cannot accept research notes, notebooks, binders and most computer files. Review our Statement of Gift Form.

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