The Glendale History 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. All materials are listed in the catalog, are for reference only and may not be borrowed. Some materials in the reading room are available for browsing, but most materials are in a closed stack area and must be requested.

The Glendale History Room is open by appointment. Contact Lora Martinolich at 818-548-3749 or by email.



Residents recently met to share their stories about living in Glendale.These stories will be made into personal films using family mementos and other archival material. 

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops.

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.


Online Collections: The Library, Arts & Culture Department 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/Library, Arts & Culture Department; 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>