Have a history question?  
Send us an e-mail at history@losgatosca.gov
or
Stop into the library to talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers during the following hours:
Mondays 1pm - 5pm
Wednesdays 10am - 12pm
Thursdays 1pm - 5pm
Get Connected:


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If you enjoy getting out and exploring your town by foot then you should check out these two exciting mobile apps which offer some great historic walking tours available to you for free:

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Los Gatos Library Mobile App--available in the Apple iTunes store or Android's Play Store, walking tours through the app include the beautiful Glen Ridge Neighborhood and the historic downtown area.   Each tour begins at the library and is no longer than 1 hour unless you get sidetracked by something delicious to eat in our downtown area or start chatting with some of the town's friendly residents.  

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Discover Los(t) Gatos Mobile App-- available from the Apple itunes store or Google Play Store for Android devices. Enjoy a unique perspective on Los Gatos with our Free series of self-guided historical walking tours. 

Los Gatos Library Local History Newsletter


This quarterly, e-published newsletter is created by a dedicated group of library volunteers, each issue includes:

  • short historical sketches of Los Gatos's history
  • unique historical images from our online images gallery
  • information on all our free, history related programs
Sign up to start receiving our newsletter in your e-mail. 

Look below to view our latest or back issues of the Newsletter:
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Do you have an interest in Los Gatos history?

 We are looking for dedicated volunteers to serve as local history docents in the library.  View our volunteer announcement for more information and to apply.


Local History Resources:   


Los Gatos Historical Images Collection

History Los Gatos

Local History Newsletter:
Los Gatos Library History Collection Newsletter  
Goes out quarterly through e-mail.  

Library Databases for Historical Research:

Ancestry (available only in the library for free)

Heritage Quest  genealogical database

News Bank 1886-1922 San Jose Mercury News from 1886 to 1922.

San Jose Mercury News  from 1985 - Current

Los Gatos Weekly-Times 1999 - Current

Historical Research Websites

Digital Mapping of Los Gatos
Interactive maps of Los Gatos to help you with your property research.  You can view zoning districts, parcels, schools, parks, and more.

Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society
The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society SCCHGS is a nonprofit educational organization.  They:

  • promote the study of history and genealogy
  • collect documents and manuscripts
  • record and preserve family histories
  • provide research method instruction
  • encourage compilation and publication
  • assist other groups with common goals
  • support and maintain the genealogical collection in the Santa Clara City Public Library

Chronicling America
Historic American Newspapers. Limit to California and search with parenthesis "Los Gatos" as one of your search terms.

California Digital Newspaper Collection

A keyword searchable database of California newspapers from 1846-present. It includes the San Francisco Call and the the Chronicle - which often have information on Los Gatos.




History's Mysteries Socials  

Do you enjoy sharing stories about Los Gatos?  Book a free history program for your next club meeting or social get together.  
 
What:
These free outreach programs are geared towards community groups and organizations that have a majority of members who lived in Los Gatos during the 1950s and 1960s.  (Ideal minimum group size is 15)

Sit down. Enjoy a meal or snack.  Socialize and enjoy our presentation of collected digital images.  If you can, help identify projected photographs from the library's historical images collection by sharing your stories of the people, places or events you recognize.

Why:
Your stories are an important contribution to the library's local history collection, and your involvement helps keep our community's history alive! 

How:
For more information and to book a free program for your group contact:

Melissa Maglio--Adult Services Librarian
408-399-5724
mmaglio@losgatosca.gov



Collection Donations:

Items may be specifically donated to the Library’s Local History collection by making an appointment with the staff person designated to accept donations.
Items dropped off without an appointment will not be accepted as a donation to the collection.

Please call the adult reference desk during the library's open hours to make an appointment.  
408-354-6896

Los Gatos Library History Collection - Collection Development Guidelines