The Local History Collection at the San Luis Obispo Library includes:

  • Biography Files: Clippings of local persons of note.
  • Local History Reference Collection: Books related to San Luis Obispo County and region are available for use within the Library.
  • Local News File/Clippings: The local news file is comprised of newspaper clippings, primarily from the local newspapers. News items are filed by subject and cover local residents, government, environmental and growth issues, crime and criminals, notable events, and celebrations.
  • Microfilm Collection: Regional newspapers, some dating back to the 1800s are available on microfilm.
  • San Luis Obispo City/County Directories and Phone Books


Obituary Searches

The Reference Department is not conducting obituary services at this time.

You may be able to obtain copies of obituaries from the San Luis Obispo Tribune or by visiting the library and accessing the Ancestry database.

If you do not have a death date, you might want to try these indexes:

If further assistance is needed to begin your search, please contact the Reference Department at 805-781-5989.

Local History Searches or General Research

The Reference Department is unable to perform lengthy, in-depth research for patrons, but is happy to help in location of materials and resources.





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