Local History Room

Laconia City DirectoriesThis room is dedicated to books focusing on the history of the Laconia area, New Hampshire and New England.

The Local History room contains many resources for historical and genealogical, included in this collection are:  

History room

  • Laconia City Directories
  • Town histories
  • Laconia town reports
  • Laconia High School yearbooks
  • Genealogies
  • Cemetery records
  • Environmental reports

Anyone is welcome to use the Local History Room to conduct local history or genealogical research. To access the room and its collection, please sign in with a staff member at the main circulation desk.

History Vertical Files

Librarians have maintained a collection of newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, brochures, photographs, postcards, and other ephemera relating to people, places, businesses, organizations, and events in Laconia. Please note: these files are not all-inclusive for any given topic. Please ask a librarian for assistance.


The following newspapers are preserved on microfilm:

  • Laconia Democrat Jan 1849 – Nov 1941
  • News & Critic Mar 1889 – Nov 1945
  • Laconia Citizen Jan 1926 – Sept 2016
  • Laconia Daily Sun June 2000 – present

Instructions for using the microfilm machine are provided, and the Library staff is always happy to provide a quick tutorial. Articles can be emailed, or saved to a flash drive. Newspapers appear as they were originally published, and are not indexed. For this reason, please provide a date when submitting a request for an article or obituary.

For research assistance, please contact Sarah at (603) 524-4775 ext. 606 or sfrost@laconialibrary.org.

A note about copyright

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

§ 201.14 Warnings of copyright for use by certain libraries and archives.

Obituary Index

Library staff can perform a name search to assist in locating local obituaries that may be saved or emailed from microfilm. Please note: the Index is incomplete.

Our volunteers are currently helping to digitize our index. A spreadsheet is available of what is presently entered, attached at the end of this page.