County of Los Angeles Public Libraries

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The County of Los Angeles Public Library system does not have have a large genealogical collection. Generally, they refer people who are in the area researching their family history to either the
Los Angeles Public Library or the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library.

There are also other cities with their own library systems such as Pasadena and Long Beach that have large local history collections including city directories and local newspaper collections. [1]

City Directories and Newspapers
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The best option may be a particular city library. (See list below.) Some of The LA County libraries do have decent runs of their local newspaper on microfilm. Some do not. Some of these library locations have a few years of city directories for their cities. They have scattered years of some cities and no years of others. They often need to refer people looking for city directories to the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library as they have a larger collection of city directories from around Los Angeles County.[1]

Obituary Searches
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The County of Los Angeles Public Library will do up to 3 obituary searches per patron per month. Currently, there is no charge for this service, but that could change depending upon the economic climate. You can submit a request at . We generally restrict our searches to people who passed away in Los Angeles County or lived a majority of their lives here. You should include name, date of death and community where the deceased lived or worked and any other pertinent details. It can take 3 to 4 weeks for the search to be conducted (searches of just the Los Angeles Times are usually completed more quickly, but again usually with a brief notice or nothing at all).[1]

African American Resources
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The Black Resource Center (BRC) serves the informational and educational needs of African Americans and the larger population by supporting research and study on social, historical and cultural aspects unique to the African American experience. The Center serves as an information and referral agency to other libraries, government agencies and the general public. It is an important link in the survival and preservation of the heritage of African Americans. [2]

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A C Bilbrew Library
150 E. El Segundo Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90061 (310) 538-3350

Asian Pacific Resources
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The Asian Pacific Resource Center (APRC) encompasses both academic materials as well as film, music, novels, magazines, and newspapers. The emphasis of the collection is on the Asian American / Pacific Islander American experience, with core holdings on the history, art, and culture - of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii, and American Samoa. The center has over 100 titles on microfilm of historical Asian immigrant newspapers published in the United States. Also on microfilm, the center has newspapers and documents from the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

Information /Referral and Reference Services: APRC provides reference service to researchers and to the general public. The center offers referrals to community organizations and resources.[3]

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Rosemead Library
8800 Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770 (626) 573-5220

Hispanic Resources
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The Chicano Resource Center (CRC) offers information about the history and culture of this group available to the general public. Subjects covered by this multimedia collection include; immigration, the Chicano Movement, mural art, biographies, folklore and the history of Mexico. Many of the materials are available for checkout.[4]

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East Los Angeles Library
4837 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90022 (323) 264-0155

Native American Resources
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The American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) addresses the informational needs of American Indians in Los Angeles County and makes information available about them to the larger community. The AIRC collection is the largest public library collection of its kind in the U.S. Collection materials come in a variety of formats: books, journals, encyclopedias, newspapers, microfilm, audiocassettes, books-on-tape, CD, DVD, VHS, and 8, 16, 35 mm film, most of which can be checked out. AIRC is also an information center with announcements of events, classes, conferences, etc. pertaining to American Indians - local, regional, and national – on topics ranging from health issues, education, legal issues, economic issues, politics, and culture. American Indian “NDN” 101, an informal question and answer forum, is held every third Saturday of the month from 1 – 5 PM. This is an open forum for the public to ask questions and get answers about American Indian history, culture, and current affairs. [5]

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Huntington Park Library
6518 Miles Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(323) 583-2794

Community Libraries in the LA County System [6]
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Acton Library, (661) 269-7101
Agoura Hills Library, (818) 889-2278
Arcadia Library, (Live Oak Library) (626) 446-8803
Artesia Library, (562) 865-6614
Avalon Library, (310) 510-1050
Baldwin Park Library, (626) 962-6947
Bell Library, (323) 560-2149
Bell Gardens Library, (562) 927-1309
Bellflower (Clifton M. Brakensiek Library) (562) 925-5543
Carson Library, (310) 830-0901
Carson (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Library) (310) 327-4830
Castaic Library, (661) 257-7410
Covina (Charter Oak Library) (626) 339-2151
Claremont Library, (909) 621-4902
Compton Library, (310) 637-0202
Cudahy Library, (323) 771-1345
Culver City (Julian Dixon Library) (310) 559-1676
Diamond Bar Library, (909) 861-4978
Duarte Library, (626) 358-1865
East Los Angeles Library, (323) 264-0155
East Rancho Dominguez Library, (310) 632-6193
El Monte Library, (626) 444-9506
El Monte (Norwood Library) (626) 443-3147
Gardena (Mayme Dear Library) (310) 323-6363
Gardena (Masao W. Satow Library) (310) 679-0638
Hacienda Heights Library, (626) 968-9356
Hawaiian Gardens Library, (562) 496-1212
Hawthorne Library, (310) 679-8193
Hawthorne (Wiseburn Library) (310) 643-8880
Hermosa Beach Library, (310) 379-8475
Huntington Park Library, (323) 583-1461
La Cañada Flintridge Library, (818) 790-3330
La Crescenta Library, (818) 248-5313
La Mirada Library, (562) 943-0277
La Puente Library, (626) 968-4613
La Verne Library, (909) 596-1934
Lakewood (Angelo M. Iacoboni Library) (562) 866-1777
Lakewood (George Nye Jr. Library) (562) 421-8497
Lancaster Library, (661) 948-5029
Lawndale Library, (310) 676-0177
La Puente (Sunkist Library) (626) 960-2707
Lennox Library, (310) 674-0385
Littlerock Library, (661) 944-4138
Lomita Library, (310) 539-4515
Lynwood Library, (310) 635-7121
Malibu Library, (310) 456-6438
Manhattan Beach Library, (310) 545-8595
Marina del Rey (Lloyd Taber Library) (310) 821-3415
Maywood (César Chávez Library) (323) 771-8600
Montebello Library, (323) 722-6551
Montebello (Chet Holifield Library) ((323) 728-0421
Norwalk Library, (562) 868-0775
Norwalk (Alondra Library) (562) 868-7771
Palmdale (Lake Los Angeles Library) (661) 264-0593
Paramount Library, (562) 630-3171
Pico Rivera Library, (562) 942-7394
Pico Rivera (Rivera Library) (562) 949-5485
Quartz Hill Library, (661) 943-2454
Rosemead Library, (626) 573-5220
Rowland Heights Library, (626) 912-5348
San Dimas Library, (909) 599-6738
San Fernando Library, (818) 365-6928
San Gabriel Library, (626) 287-0761
South El Monte Library, (626) 443-4158
South Whittier Library, (562) 946-4415
South Gate (Hollydale Library) (562) 634-0156
South Gate (Leland R. Weaver Library) (323) 567-8853
Stevenson Ranch Express Library, (661) 287-5954
Temple City Library, (626) 285-2136
Topanga Library, (310) 455-3480
Walnut Library, (909) 595-0757
West Covina Library, (626) 962-3541
West Hollywood Library, (310) 652-5340
Westlake Village Library, (818) 865-9230
Whittier (Los Nietos Library) (562) 695-0708
Whittier (Sorensen Library) (562) 695-3979

Los Angeles Libraries in the LA County System
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A C Bilbrew Library 150 E. El Segundo Blvd. Los Angeles 90061 (310) 538-3350
Anthony Quinn Library, 3965 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Los Angeles 90063 (323) 264-7715
City Terrace Library, 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90063 (323) 261-0295
East Los Angeles Library, 4837 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90022 (323) 264-0155
El Camino Real Library 4264 E. Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023 (323) 269-8102
Florence Library 1610 E. Florence Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 581-8028
Graham Library, 1900 E. Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 582-2903
View Park Library, 3854 W. 54th St. Los Angeles, CA 90043 (323) 293-5371
Willowbrook Library, 11838 Wilmington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90059 (323) 564-5698
Woodcrest Library, 1340 W. 106th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044 (323) 757-9373

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Email from reference librarian at Los Angeles County Library System, (received April 25, 2014).
  2. Black Resource Center in the County of Los Angeles Public Library. (accessed 1 May 2014).
  3. Asian Pacific Resource Center in the County of Los Angeles Public Library. (accessed 1 May 2014).
  4. Chicano Resource Center in the County of Los Angeles Public Library. (accessed 1 May 2014).
  5. American Indian Resource Centerin the County of Los Angeles Public Library. (accessed 1 May 2014).
  6. Libraries A-Z in the County of Los Angeles Public Library. (accessed 1 May 2014).