The Special Collections Room at the Glendale Central Library contains books, photographs, pamphlets, maps and periodicals about Glendale and its history. Materials about neighboring cities and California as they pertain to Glendale, and books by local authors are also part of the collection. Materials are for reference only and may not be borrowed.

The Montrose Library maintains a collection of historic materials related to the history of Montrose and the surrounding Crescenta Valley, while the Brand Library & Art Center maintains historic collections related to the Brands and their residence, El Miradero, and the history of the Brand Library Art Galleries.

RedCarBrandAndMountain1909Online Collections: The Glendale Public Library has made much of its photograph, brochure, and oral history collections available electronically on various websites and databases. Click here to read more about and access or digital collections.



Highlights of Glendale’s history: click here to read about the history of the Glendale Public Library; immerse yourself in the history of the Grand Central Air Terminal, Southern California’s premier airport in the 1930s; or view a gallery of Glendale’s mayors, from the very first President of the Board of Trustees to our current mayor. Plus much more!


Help us add chapters to Glendale's past by sharing or donating your photos and documents. Read More>


The Glendale History Room is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, please call 818-548-2037 or email us at

Mail requests to:

Glendale Public Library
Attn: Reference Department
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205


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