Accessing the Collection

The Historical Room will be closed to the public in August and September. Email us with research inquiries during that time.

Three photographs arranged vertically. The top photograph is of a yellowed paper with handwriting. The middle photograph is of a microform reader machine. The bottom image is a screenshot of the SAILS Digital Collections site.Physical Resources in the Historical Room

Physical archival and special collections are housed in the climate-controlled Lorraine B. Daley Historical Room, so the door is kept closed and locked to preserve the temperature and humidity of the room. To access this room, please see any library staff member. Search the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections using the BWPL catalog or visit our Collections Guides page for in-depth finding aids of processed collections. 


The majority of our newspaper collection is available on microfilm, and researchers interested in this collection may use the microfilm reader in the Historical Room. Researchers who need assistance using the microfilm reader are advised to call the Library in advance of their visit to ensure the Archivist will be on duty. Researchers should also note that the microfilm reader does not have an attached printer.  

Digital Resources

A select number of digitized resources are available online via the SAILS Digital History Collection. As more of the collection is digitized, it will be made available online.