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Our library has a large reference department, including an entire "Heritage Room" where you can do

much of your own research. However, we also offer several research services for no charge.

Please review the following information if you need to submit a request.


  • Genealogy Searches:  We have an extensive Heritage Room with the following resources available:

    • Multiple local history books, separated by county

    • Multiple birth, death, and marriage records, separated by county

    • Local family genealogy/family tree section

    • Coal mining heritage section

    • WV Blue Books 

    • General history on surrounding states

    • Microfilm/Microfiche Machine

    • access to historical and more recent periodicals​

    • crop and print capabilities *prints are B&W and are $.20 per page

  • Obituary and Newspaper Article Searches:  Online newspaper archives can be accessed from our Free Digital Resources page with your library card number, password, and email address. However, we also have microfilm of the Beckley newspapers dating back to 1907 that can be viewed and printed. DISCLAIMER: Newspaper photos often appear darker on microfilm. 

  • Beckley Polk City Directory Searches:  The oldest publication is 1921; the newest is 2010. However, the set is incomplete. Please contact our reference department at 304-255-0511 ext. 2 to find out if the volume you need is on our shelves.​​​

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For those unable to visit our library to do research, please visit our Forms page.

We have an online research request form, as well as one you can download and print.


For additional genealogy research help, check out these useful links.

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