Local History Research



Please Note: The Lake County Independent 1894-1916 and the Libertyville Independent 1916-1923 are out of the library for digitization.


The Library’s in-house local history collection consists of a Local History clippings file (view subject list). Libertyville high school yearbooks 1918-present, Vernon Hills High School yearbooks 2001-present, the Independent Register newspaper microfilm
1894-, and local history books. Online resources are listed below.

Blog - Shelf Life: The Past is Present  |  Local history explored by the library’s local history librarians.

Historical Essays of Libertyville  |  Essays written by local historian C. E. Carroll in the 1950s.

Illinois Digital Archives | A repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois, including over 700 photographs, postcards and documents from the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society archives and Cook Library collections

Local History Exhibits/Essays | Dive in to local history topics through photographs and text in these online virtual exhibits. Current exhibits include Brides of Yester-Year, Growing Up in Libertyville in the Thirties and Forties, Made in Libertyville, the Lake County Fair in Libertyville, and Mail Order Houses in Libertyville.

Local History & Obituary Index | To obtain a copy of a listed obituary, please send the relevant information (name and date) along with a SASE and $5 per obituary to: Sonia Schoenfield, Reference Department . Cook Memorial Public Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL 60048.

Sanborn Maps (in library use only) | Large scale plans of a city or town drawn to the scale of 50 feet to an inch. Search the archive of maps from 1867-1970.

Telephone Directories | Libertyville area telephone directories for 1913-1959 (incomplete). Scattered years 1960-present available in print at the library.