Library Closure Notice (Español)

Following the recommendation of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department to maintain aggressive social distancing, all County of SLO Public Libraries are closed until further notice. Please click here for full details.

Most library staff are currently working as Disaster Service Workers providing vital support for the community. The library is currently exploring ways to restore services to the public and will do so as soon as we are able. In the meantime, thank you for your patience.
 

Need to speak to Library staff? Call Center hours: Monday through Friday | 9am-1pm:  805-781-5991 | 1pm-5pm:  805-461-6161 | This service will not be available on Memorial Day.

   

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

You may be able to obtain copies of obituaries from the San Luis Obispo Tribune on microfilm by visiting the library. You will need a death date. If you do not have a death date, you might want to try these indexes:

If further assistance is needed please email the SLO County Genealogical Society in Arroyo Grande at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and in SLO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further assistance.

 

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.