The Center for Suburban History Research Library

The Center for Suburban History houses historic photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, city directories, and other documents and resources relating both to Arlington Heights as well as the region at large. Materials from the Museum’s archival and three-dimensional object collection may also be available to researchers by special appointment. The Museum reserves the right to decline special requests if such is necessary to protect the safety and preservation of delicate historic materials.

Please note: The Center for Suburban History is on the second floor of the Museum Center and is only accessible by stairs. If you are unable to climb the stairs, please contact the Curator ahead of your visit so that accommodations can be made to bring materials to you on the ground floor.

Due to the temporary closure, we are asking the researchers contact Dan, at or call the Curator with your inquiry first. We can then set up an appointment for you.

Access to the Local History Library is free. However, if you require Museum staff and/or volunteers to conduct research for you, the fee schedule below will apply.

We recommend that you bring a pencil and notepad, computer, and/or digital camera. The flash on the camera must be turned off when photographing historic items.

All fees are collected by the Arlington Heights Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization.


Research Fees

Research Requests:

  • First 30 minutes: FREE
  • Additional time: $15/hour

Photocopies of Collection Material:

  • Black and White Photocopies, 8.5x11: $0.25
  • Black and White Photocopies, 8.5x14: $0.50

For information about purchasing photograph copies, enlargements, or scans, please see the the Photos page.

All research is scheduled by appointment only. 

Please contact Dan Schoeneberg, Museum Administrator to schedule your appointment at 847-255-1225.

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