Special Collections

Local History
The Nicholas E. and Marjorie H. Apalakis Room, also known as the Stoneham Room, houses our local history collection. Please inquire with our Reference Librarian about using this space and these resources.

Rental Books
The Rental collection of current bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles is available to patrons at a cost of $1.00 per week. Rental books offer patrons an alternative to waiting on the reserve list until a book becomes available. This collection is sponsored by an on-going book sale by the Friends of the Library and proceeds from rentals.

Rental DVDs
The Library also has a generous Rental DVD collection for Adults.  This collection is focused on new and popular titles and is supported through the on-going Friends book sale and DVD rentals. Rental DVDs are checked out for one week for $1 each rental fee, and patrons may borrow up to five Rental DVDs at a time. Due to the popularity of these items, a fine of $1.00 per day will be assessed on overdue DVDs.

Microfilm Collection
A microfilm reader/printer is available for use by the public. The machine will read both 16 mm and 35 mm microfilm and can make copies at a cost of 10 cents per page.

The library has an extensive collection of items on microfilm. This collection is available to the public for use any time during the library’s hours of operation and includes national publications, local newspapers, and some local vital records which are listed below:

Business Week: January 1980-
Forbes: January 1980-
Nation: January 1959-
New England Journal of Medicine: January 1980-
New Republic: January 1960-
Newsweek: January 1960-
New York Times: September 1851-December 1870, January 1914-December 1945, January 1960-December 1963, January 1969-December 1974, January 1977-
Scientific American: January 1960-
Stoneham Amateur: June 1870-June 1874
Stoneham Independent: July 1874-December 1920, January 1922-
Stoneham Ledger: April 1973-December 1976
Stoneham News: October 1880-December 1888
Stoneham Town Reports: 1852-1981
Time: January 1960