Special Collections

Special Collections Room

Welcome to the Special Collections Department at WCPL!

Discover resources with a sharp focus on genealogy and local history. Our print resources include Bible records, biographies, cemetery and burial records, city directories, local histories, military records, marriage records, pension applications, tax records, historic court records, school yearbooks, periodicals, and much more. Microfilm records include Williamson County newspapers, wills and inventories, WPA records, court records, etc.

The books and manuscripts in our collections require special handling and extra security due to their age, value, and rarity. In order to preserve them for future generations, all items remain in Special Collections and may not be checked out. Library patrons and researchers are welcome to view and use our collections.


If you are arriving from out of town or county, stop by the Circulation Desk on your way in to request a guest pass for computer use. If you have your own laptop, wi-fi is free, and you will be able to access genealogy databases, such as Ancestry.  Refer to our Digital Resources to see the databases we offer. 

Due to the nature of our fragile collection, we do not allow food and beverages, other than bottled water, in the Special Collections area. If you have questions concerning your visit, please call us at 615-595-1246 (press 1 to bypass the message). We look forward to serving you! 

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