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Do you remember West Islip 'way back when'....?
Listen to Oral History interviews from 1982



Library History


50th Anniversary Celebration - June 10, 2007

Children's Department 50th Anniversary Party Photos
General 50th Anniversary Party Photos

Director Andrew Hamm's Welcoming Remarks

50 Years of the West Islip Library

History of the West Islip Public Library
(by Ethel Gold, c. 1964)


Grand Opening Celebration Photos
*** June 6, 2004 ***

May 1996 WIPL Web Page
West Islip Library Oral History Project - Spring 1982

Hawley Avenue -- 1957-1961 Union Boulevard -- 1961-1969
Groundbreaking for the New Building - 1967
Construction of the New Building - 1967-1968
Dedication - June 7, 1969

Some Photos from the 1970s
Page 1 Page 2 1974 Staff Photo Page 3 Page 4
Dinner Party at LaGrange - 1974 20th Anniversary Celebration - 1977


West Islip History


West Islip Historical Society Facebook page
(You do not need to be a member of Facebook in order to look at all the old photos and messages from viewers)

West Islip Historical Society (old website)

Thiry-five years ago, Jerry and Judith Wilcox researched and wrote the "First History of West Islip." They were ardent local historians and also pioneered the now-closed West Islip Community Museum, which was housed in the Community Center on Higbie Lane. Their daughter has given us permission to post a digital version of this book for all to enjoy.
This is a large PDF file (36 MB) that you can save to your computer
and read at your leisure.
First History of West Islip
(Thanks to Heather O'Gara for digitizing the book)


Do you have any old photographs or documents that refer to West Islip?
If you'd like to share them, please contact us and we'll set up an appointment
to copy them while you wait. We hope this page will grow into a rich collection
of historical West Islip information, and welcome any contributions.




August 2014

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