Find what you’re looking for at the Brown Library

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is a major source for Lycoming County genealogical information. The library offers many to help research family history – without charge.

Easy-to-follow subject guides, to help patrons get started.

These guides cover genealogy and family history, birth and death certificates, obituaries and more to help users find the necessary resources.

Major local newspapers from 1807 to the present are available on microfilm.

An index by surname, covering 1807-1904, provides access to articles on marriages, obituaries, funerals, political activities, court cases, land sale notices and news items. Each reference in the index includes the name of the newspaper, date and the page where the article can be found.

The newspapers are not digitized and may be accessed from inside the library.

The library also has Federal Census Indexes for all of Pennsylvania from 1790-1860 with indexes available.

Lycoming and other local counties are available after 1860.

To access this from the library catalog, visit lycoming.polarislib and search by author for the Sun-Gazette, Williamsport Sun, or Gazette and Bulletin.

If one doesn’t have the time to research themselves, they may request an article for a fee.

Up to five research requests can be made by filling out a microfilm research request form, by mail or at The research fee must be prepaid and can be done via PayPal or by mailing a check to the library.

The Pennsylvania Collection in the reference area contains volumes on local, county and state history.

The collection includes the Williamsport City Directories from 1867 to the present, as well as the yearbooks for Williamsport Area High School.

The Lycoming County digital photo archive is available through the state library on POWER Library at

POWER Library also has collections from local newspapers, Pennsylvania history and school and college history.

Service provided by volunteer research aide Ryan Lewis will continue through the end of April.

He will be at the library from noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday to assist patrons with looking up archived obituaries, microfilm requests and more.

Lewis will be stationed in the Rotunda area in the vintage building.

He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State University and actively volunteers in other historical capacities such as the Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrow