The local history department is available on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Local History Collection includes the vital records of the town of Malden from 1649 - 1850, city annual reports, poll books, city directories, high school publications, and many other titles on local churches, clubs and other organizations. In addition, there are many books, both fiction and nonfiction, written by local authors.
In the genealogical collection are many titles of New England families, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the American Genealogical-Biographical Index, the Essex Institute Historical Collections, and guides to research techniques.
The Library also has a local newspaper index covering 1860 - 2001. This index, covering fourteen Malden newspapers as well as several decades of the Boston Journal, and the accompaning microfilm are available for research.