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  • Willard Library Newspaper Collection:  Search and view historical local newspapers on library computers (1846-present), or in the comfort of your home with your Willard Library card (1846-1923 only).
  • Battle Creek Enquirer: 2002-Present, Full-text, searchable database available from home with a library card.
  • Willard Library Newspaper Index covers the local newspapers from 1967-March 2012
  • Obituaries: Request an obituary.  Dates of obituaries occurring between 1967-March 2012 can be found in the newspaper index.  Prior to 1967, you must know the approximate year of the obituary you are requesting.

Digitized yearbooks for the five area public high schools. The collection currently includes: Battle Creek Central High School (1894-2002); Harper Creek High School (1962-2001); Lakeview High School (1925-2002); Pennfield High School (1979-2002); and Springfield High School (1956-1989).  Accessible online with a current Willard Library card or on-site to guests.


City Directories

Search and view Battle Creek City Directories on-site (1890-1960), or in the comfort of your home with your Willard Library card (1890-1923).

Tales of Battle Creek


Authored by the city's ideal biographer, Berenice Bryant Lowe, in 1976, Tales of Battle Creek "...provides a loving, spirited, and always accurate chronicle of the who-what-when-where-why of Battle Creek's past" with over 16 pages of photographs of early Battle Creek. Brought to you through a collaboration with Heritage Battle Creek.