Our extensive collection of California newspapers is one of the California History Section's treasures. Dating back to 1846, it consists of more than 2,200 titles and includes long runs of at least one title from each of the 58 counties. The majority of our newspapers are on microfilm. However, we also have a number of specimen newspapers, and provide online access to several newspaper databases. If you have questions about any of our newspaper resources please feel free to ask us a question.
Placer-San Luis Obispo Counties
San Mateo-Stanislaus Counties
To accommodate researchers who choose to visit us, we provide access to digital microfilm scanners that allow you to email or save scans to a flash-drive free of charge. If you need paper copies, we have a coin-operated microfilm reader/printer. Each print-out costs 25 cents. We also permit no-flash photography of our specimen or bound newspapers.
If you live in the United States or Canada but cannot visit us, you can still use our newspaper collection remotely. All you have to do is request our newspapers on microfilm through inter-library loan at your local library. If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact us.