Explore Your Past

What early resident was called “President for a Day”? When was Grand Haven’s Great Bank Robbery? Where is Uncle Joe buried? Visit the Local History and Genealogy Department to find the answers to these questions and more.

Materials in this department were first housed in a small locked room and available only by request. Today, these resources are fully accessible – many online – to the curious researcher. The staff is committed to preserving the unique history of the Tri-Cities Area, which includes Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and surrounding areas. That history may also include your own unique history. We look forward to helping you find those missing links in the roots of your family tree. A-HA! moments are our specialty!

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Local History Resources

See what we have in our Local History Collection.

Genealogy Resources

We have some great resources available for researching your Genealogy.

Research Assistance

We can help via phone, mail, email, or in-house.

Preservation and Volunteer Projects

Would you like to help with a preservation project?

Donating to the Collection

Stop!  Don't throw it away just yet!


Telephone: 616-842-5560
Fax: 616-847-0570

Library Hours

Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM
Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday - School Year 1PM-5PM
Sunday - Summer Closed

Cheapstacks Hours

Monday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM