History collection postcard of beach

Special Collections

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

The Newport Beach Public Library has several Special Collections related to the City's history and development.  The Local History Collection is located on the upper level of the Central Library for in Library use only. The Nautical Collection is at the Balboa Branch Library. Please ask staff for assistance in finding historical materials.

Local History

Local History Collection: This unique collection is comprised of historical works and rare publications documenting life in California.  Special emphasis on Orange County cities and luminaries are featured.

Nautical Collection

Nautical Collection: The Balboa branch of the Newport Beach Public Library houses a robust collection of Nautical books, DVDs’, fiction, and periodicals, both historic and current.

Sherman Library Collection

Sherman Library & Gardens Collection: This collection specializes in the history of the Pacific Southwest – including southern California, Arizona, northern Mexico and adjoining areas. The Library’s collections document the development of the region through photographs, newspapers, and archival papers.

Local Historical News

Local Newspaper Historical Collection: The Central Library of the Newport Beach Public Library houses local publications from the 1940’s to the early 2000’s on microfilm and in a digital format.  Thanks to generous funding from the NBPL Foundation, the microfilm collection has been preserved and made searchable through a remote-access portal. Available in Library only.