The Genealogy & Local History Collection
is housed on the second floor of the library.
It includes the Jones Reading Room and the Virginia Leighton Room and was started with a donation of 1,000 books from the private collection of,
Edward Payson Jones, a former trustee of the library.
The collection has expanded to over 4,000 resources and includes audio visuals, books, documents, magazines, maps, newspapers, and much more.
It focuses on family history and state and local history,
with an emphasis on Winchester and Winsted.
The G&LH Room is very user-friendly.
All resources are listed in the library's on-line catalog.
Most resources are for reference use only, but many circulate and are available as inter-library loans.
A microfilm reader/printer and a patron computer
are available to researchers, as well as FREE access
to many genealogy websites.
Inquiries about genealogy and state and local history
may be directed to, Verna Gilson, the research assistant who manages the collection. During regular library hours, patrons (ages 18 and over) may access the G&LH room. There is no fee for research services,
but donations are welcome.
History on Display
40 Munro Place
Winsted, CT 06098
Tues 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thurs 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Karin Taylor, Library Services Director