California Room – Local History Collection

California Room - Local History Collection

Welcome to the California Room! The California Room collects materials on California history with an emphasis on San Jose and Santa Clara Valley.

Our collections are non-circulating and may not be removed from the room. Many materials are unique and fragile. Special rules for handling are required for their preservation.


150 E San Fernando, San José, CA 95112


Monday 1 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM
Friday 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 1 PM - 6 PM
Sunday Closed

Holiday Closures

Top Collections

This source indexes materials not found in the library catalog including maps, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and research collections that pertain to people, places, and events in California, San Jose, and Santa Clara County history. The A-Z index is helpful if you are not sure of spelling.

New & Featured Resources

Newsbank: San José Mercury News Historical Archive

(1900-1985) Digital access to archived issues; full-page scans include articles, obituaries, classifieds, and other advertising.
items on display at the King Library 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Current Exhibit: King Library 20th Anniversary

This exhibit tells the story of the library through it's many transformations and tribulations. On display through August 26, 2023

Historic Media Archive

Browse our audiovisual collection, including documentaries, radio spots, TV news features, and more.

Research Guides & Resources

Latest Blogs

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