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Books

Search the local history book collection in our catalog.


Clippings File – In Library Use

Over 700 Subject and House Folders (PDF)


Online Exhibits


Walking Tours

Libertyville’s Historic Milwaukee Avenue


Maps – In Library Use

Sanborn Maps

Map File Inventory (PDF)


Newspapers

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Microfilm

  • Little Fort Porcupine (1845 – 1847 select issues)
  • Waukegan Weekly Gazette (1850 – 1886 select issues)
  • Lake County Independent (February 1894 – April 21, 1916)
  • Libertyville Independent (April 28, 1916 – 1922)
  • Lake County Register (July 4, 1923 – April 1, 1930)
  • Independent-Register (April 3, 1930 – December 1987)
  • The News-Sun (January 1988 – December 1999)
  • Daily Herald (January 1999 – present)

Browse Online


Obituary Index (1894 – 1999)


Photos, Postcards, Documents

From the Libertyville History Collection of the Illinois Digital Archives


Telephone Books

Online (select years 1913 – 1959)

In Library Use (select years 1913 – 2010)


Yearbooks

Libertyville High School, 1918-present (in library use at Cook Park Library)

Vernon Hills High School, 2001-present (in library use at Aspen Drive Library)


From the Blog

Library History B. C. E. (Before Cook memorial library Existed)

The library has something to celebrate! 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Cook Memorial Public Library. The doors of the former residence of Ansel B. Cook opened to the public as a space for books and reading on October 22, 1921 [1]. In the intervening 100 years, library service has changed a lot, but… [...]

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