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Welcome to The Smithtown Library's Richard H. Handley Collection of Long Island Americana, also known as the Long Island Room, a special local history archives located within the Smithtown Building. This site will help to familiarize you with the collection and provide information regarding its use.  Here you can search the collection, find out about upcoming projects, programs, and exhibits, as well as link to other local history resources.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to HVAC upgrades in our Long Island Room Vault, some of the collection will be inaccessible during the renovation.

Long Island Room staff will still be available to assist you with research and obtaining materials that will remain accessible. Please contact the Long Island Room staff before coming at (631) 360-2480 x 197 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


*The postcards above were gifts to the Long Island Room from Everett Lee and Charles Spahr.


Long Island Room
Smithtown Building (Lower Level)
1 North Country Road
Smithtown, NY 11787
(631)360-2480 x197


Use of the Long Island Room collection is subject to the availability of its dedicated staff.  It is therefore strongly recommended that you set up an appointment prior to your visit.  Please contact the Long Island Room via phone or email to set up an appointment.


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