Have a history question?
Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop into the library to talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers during the following hours:
Mondays 1pm - 3pm
Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
Fridays 1pm - 4pm
Fridays 1pm - 4pm
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:
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.
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.
Follow the tours on Facebook.
Los Gatos Library Local History Newsletter
This 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
Update (December 2017): The online newsletter is currently not active, but we have started print newsletters.
Look below to view our latest or back issues of the Newsletter:
Becoming a Local History VolunteerCurrently, we are not recruiting any volunteers for the History Room.
But you can view our volunteer announcement for more information.
Local History Resources:
Los Gatos Historical Images Collection
History Los Gatos
Local History Newsletter:
Los Gatos Library History Collection Newsletter
View our archive of Local History Newsletters that used to go out quarterly through email. As of mid-2017, we have switched to print newsletters.
Library Databases for Historical Research:
Ancestry (available only in the library for free)
Heritage Questgenealogical 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
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.
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.