Reference & Research

The Fitchburg Public Library has an incredible collection of books and periodicals to help you with your research. Whether you are a student looking for the latest information on genetic engineering, or a do-it-yourselfer looking for plans for patio furniture, the Library reference staff can help you locate the material you need.

Here are some online resources to help you get started:
  • Reference Tools - Librarian-tested websites
  • Magazines/Databases - Electronic articles, books, facts and pictures. Many are full-text, so you can see that entire article from Newsweek! Have your library card number handy
  • Online Catalog - Search our collection by Title, Author or Keyword

Reference & Information Services


  • Brief factual answers requiring 3-5 minutes for customers in person and by telephone (978-829-1780)
  • More in depth assistance available in person
  • Get help with online research and using the databases
  • Genealogical assistance is provided by volunteers in the Willis Room. They are available from 12:30 -7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, and all other Thursdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Official U.S. Census Data through American Factfinder

Fitchburg Historical Research

Our local history collection, in the Willis Room, includes high school yearbooks, city directories, vital records from many Massachusetts towns, D.A.R. records and much more!  You can access these materials whenever the library is open.


Requests for Photocopies



Copies for items with exact citation (such as: copy pages of the Chapman family in the Fitchburg City Directory for the year 1921) may be requested by:
  • Fitchburg Public Library
    610 Main Street
    Fitchburg, MA 01420
    Phone: 978-829-1780
    Fax: 978-345-9631
    Email
Searches requiring more material or time (such as: an obituary without the death date, or an article on a local event) can be requested in the same way, but customers will be informed if the search is inappropriate for the scope of a general public library to handle. Referrals may be made to the Fitchburg Historical Society or to persons who research for a fee.

Copies will be sent by mail or fax. For more than 10 copies, $0.15 per additional copy will be charged. Checks are to be made out to the Trustees of the Fitchburg Public Library.

Fitchburg Historical Society


The Fitchburg Historical Society does genealogical research for a fee. They can be reached at:
  • Fitchburg Historical Society
    781 Main Street
    P.O. Box 953
    Fitchburg, MA 01420
    Phone: 978-345-1157
    Email