Local History

Our purpose


Seymour Library’s Local History Discovery Center preserves, makes accessible and interprets items which document the history of the greater Auburn area.

The History Discovery Center’s mission is to create personal connections and community engagement with local history.

The History Discovery Center will provide research assistance to those seeking local history and genealogical information. Our resources will help your historical and genealogical interests come to life.

Take a virtual tour of the History Discovery Center

Our hours

The History Discovery Center is open again! 

Researchers can access our historical collections on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 10 and 4.  Please note: due to Covid precautions, appointments are required and are limited to one individual (or two individuals from the same household) at a time for a 30-minute period. Properly worn masks are required in the History Discovery Center.  Please call 315-252-2571 or email localhistory@seymourlib.org to make an appointment.

Our collections

Our collections include maps, pamphlets, images, books, and other documents for discovering local and state history and genealogy. We also have an extensive collection of Auburn newspapers on microfilm and print.

We also offer access to special equipment to aid with research and preservation. This equipment includes a slide and negative converter, and a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, both available for checkout. A Canon Selphy 4×6 photo printer and a Scan Snap contactless scanner are available for in-library use.

For research

The History Discovery Center offers in-person assistance with local history and genealogy research.

For out-of-room research assistance, contact us by phone, email at localhistory@seymourlib.org or complete the Research Request Form and mail it to:

Seymour Library
c/o History Discovery Center
176-178 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Please note: a limited amount of staff research can be conducted for requests via phone, email or mail. For more extensive research requests, a $15/hour research fee will apply.

Exhibits, workshops & lectures

Our changing exhibits discuss local objects and events within their broader historical context. Visitors are encouraged to discover more through experiential and hands-on activities.

Workshops on genealogical and house history research and image and document preservation are offered throughout the year.

Lectures by local historians will be presented at various time throughout the year and open to the community.

Contact us

For comments, questions or more information, contact us via email or phone (315.252.2571). Stay up-to-date with the History Discovery Center by following us on Facebook!