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Reference & Research Assistance

Library staff are available to help you find the answers you need in person, online, or by calling (319) 291-4476.

Local History

Located on the second floor of the library, our Local History & Genealogy Room features:

  • A microfilm reader with file saving, emailing, and printing capabilities
  • Microfilm copies of the Waterloo Courier (1859-present), Waterloo Times-Tribune (1901-1922), Waterloo City Directories (1873-1991), and more
  • A computer for genealogy research*
  • Local & historical articles, books, Waterloo City Directories (1950-present) and more

​​​*Patrons who wish to conduct research on the computer or use the microfilm computer must present their library card.

Genealogy Databases


Enslaved logo: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.

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