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Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library

401 State Street, Alton, IL 62002

(618) 462-0677

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Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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The Hayner Public Library District provides a variety of genealogy-related services to support research efforts. Information from various states in addition to Illinois and other countries is available. The digitized newspaper collection is a wonderful resource of The Hayner Public Library District for genealogy research. The collection includes the Alton Telegraph Archives dating as far back as 1836 and access NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE to locate newspaper articles in other parts of the country. 

The lobby of the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library contains an original piece of the printing press which was broken and thrown into the Mississippi River in Alton by an angry mob who destroyed the press and murdered Elijah P. Lovejoy in November, 1837. The yoke, which served as a framework for the press, is black metal and weighs half a ton. Lovejoy published newspapers in St. Louis and Alton that advocated the abolition of slavery.


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