Western Illinois University Libraries have valuable genealogy and family history collections at the Macomb Library and at CARLI, the digital consortium for Illinois.
Western Illinois University also houses the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) with special collections searchable at the Illinois State Archives.
Valuable collections from the Western Illinois University Libraries at Macomb, CARLI, or Internet Archive include:
- Yearbooks, The Sequel, the yearbook of Western Illinois University, 1905-2006
- Laws of Illinois
- Digital Books
- Digital Images, historic photos of west-central Illinois, fully cataloged and searchable by keyword
- Western Courier Newspaper Collection
- Laboratory School History Collection, “contains yearbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and ephemera from the laboratory K-12 school at Western Illinois University (1902-1977)”
- Historical Society Newsletters at Western Illinois University, “Historical Society Newsletters at Western Illinois University”
Onsite collections include:
- Center for Hancock County History with newspapers, photos, oral histories, books and more
- Baxter-Snyder Center for Icarian Studies, a French idealist movement in Illinois in the 1850s
- Decker Press Collection