Jessica opened the door to the local history room. Below is a picture of the room door. The library is very serious about keeping their collections intact.
I started exploring the room. They have hundreds of books about local history, maps, photos about Steuben County, New York State, as well as neighboring states. Their web site has a list of some of some of their newspaper holdings and they also have volunteers that will research on your behalf for a small fee by submitting the following request. If you're interested I have a small brochure of additional information I can scan for you.
One of the interesting things I found was the following article in the vertical files:
And of course before I left I asked for a picture as part of the #nextgeninaction campaign we just launched at NextGen Genealogy Network.
What local libraries have you explored?