Library Closure Notice (Español)

Dear Patrons,

We are writing with the latest update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on library services. Following the recommendation of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department to maintain aggressive social distancing, the County of SLO Public Libraries will close all libraries today, March 18 until further notice. During this closure, we will continually assess the developing situation to determine the length of the closure. 

  • During this closure all library programs, in-house services, and meetings are cancelled.
  • During this time, due dates for borrowed materials will be automatically extended, no late fees will be assessed, and patrons can return materials when libraries reopen. While you can return items to our book drops, please don’t worry about returning materials until we reopen.
  • Our digital library will remain open and available 24/7 at slolibrary.org. There you can enjoy  eBooksaudiobooksstreaming TV, movie and music serviceslearning classes and digital access to newspapers and magazines.

We will continue to post updates on our social media accounts and will remain in contact via our email newsletter. Your health and safety are of utmost importance, and we will evaluate and adjust as new information becomes available.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we thank you for your continued understanding and support. For the most current information about the local response to COVID-19 please visit readyslo.org.

 

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.