Genealogy/History Room

Located on the second floor of the New Castle Public Library, the collection in the History Room includes family histories, standard reference works, county histories of Pennsylvania, and other genealogical material.

The New Castle Public Library is proud of its collection of genealogical materials. The collection is especially strong in Pennsylvania census records and local family histories.

If you need the assistance of one of our genealogy librarians, before making a trip to the library, please call ahead to make sure one will be available when you plan to come. We also take appointments (724-658-6659, ext. 129). Thank you.


We are pleased to present our newest digital collections! Along with the Lawrence County Historical Society, we have digitized our oldest City of New Castle, Lawrence County, telephone, farm, and regional directories! Please take the time to view and search them and fill out our survey! We will be constantly updating these collections to help you find information more efficiently, so check back often. If you are not able to find what you need, please contact us.

New Castle Directories, 1872-1899
This collection contains a selection of various directories from 1872-1899 (not exhaustive), covering the Mahoning, Shenango, and Beaver valleys, as well as Lawrence County and the City of New Castle.

New Castle Directories, 1900-1910
This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1900-1910.

New Castle Directories, 1911-1918
This collection contains a variety of Lawrence County, farm, telephone, and City of New Castle directories spanning the years, 1911-1918 (not exhaustive).

New Castle Directories, 1921-1928
This collection contains City of New Castle directories covering all years, 1921-1928.

New Castle Public Library has been awarded LSTA (Library Services and Technology) funding in the amount of $16,806 to digitize 29 New Castle city directories from 1872-1921. The directories, which belong to the library and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Out of 96 applicants from across the state, the library was one of 34 libraries to receive funding for this competitive grant. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor. The Friends of the Library contributed the amount needed to complete the project through the 1920s.