The Long Island Room is committed to identifying, collecting, managing, preserving and rendering accessible materials of enduring value that relate to the settlement, history and culture of Long Island, with a special emphasis on Smithtown and the surrounding region. Collection areas encompass history, geography, biography, genealogy, art, literature, the environment, science and religion. Since the Long Island Room is a paper-based archives the collection's main focus is on materials such as primary documents, local family and business records, scrapbooks, manuscripts, rare books, maps, atlases, photographs, postcards, newspapers, posters and the like. These materials, as well as a variety of secondary sources are available to the patrons of the Smithtown Library and outside researchers. In addition, the Long Island Room strives to heighten the local community's awareness of its resources through a broad range of outreach efforts that include exhibits, programs, digitization projects, oral history recordings and coordinated research projects with companion institutions.