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The California State Library selects Newport Beach as the California History Section's City of the Month. This distinction highlights organizations involved in local cultural preservation and outreach, as well as the varied local history resources available to researchers at the State Library. Click the link below to access the Newport Beach History Research Guide.

Research Guide


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Special Collections

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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. In addition, you can reference the California  State Library's online Research Guide for Newport Beach.

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.


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.