San Luis Obispo Branch Library Closure - Thursday, July 2nd 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SLO branch Library will be closing at 4:30PM today.

 Independence Day Holiday

All County Library services will be Closed Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

 Grab and Go Service begins July 7

Beginning July 7, 2020 some of our libraries will be reopening for Grab-and-Go Services. Our Digital Library remains open 24/7. Please visit for the latest updates and guidance.

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.