Research your family history and explore local topics through the library’s collection of more than 5,500 volumes. Additionally, the library has a full set of the Amherst Bee newspaper published from 1879 to the present day on microfilm, as well as tax assessment and census records from the 1800s to the 1990s. A microfilm printer may be used to make copies of the Bee for just 25 cents per page. The Index to Obituaries and Index to Marriage Notices in the Amherst Bee, compiled and maintained by our library volunteers, is also available for on-site research use. The Archives contain approximately 18,000 items including magazines, newspapers, maps, ledgers, scrapbooks and 11,000 photographs relevant to our region’s history. If you have a research request or would like to make an appointment to use our library, please complete the form below.
Please note: The Niederlander Research Library is open by appointment only. All appointments must be confirmed with the librarian to be valid. Self-guided research carries a fee of $8 for non-members and no charge to members. Research requests carry a fee of $20 for non-members and $12 for members. Personalized genealogy research carries a fee of $30 per hour. Researchers are welcome to use our photocopy machine. Each photocopy carries a fee of 25 cents.
All archival pulls must be performed by a member of the curatorial staff. Each research request grants the researcher access to ten archival pulls. Additional pulls incur additional fees.
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all research library fees go directly to supporting library operations. We are deeply appreciative of your support. Please allow a turnaround time of 36 hours minimum for requests. Thank you.