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Resources for history of San Luis Obispo County

Best Bets

If you're short on time, the following resources are your best bets:

Cuesta Library Search at

The Black Gold online catalog at , which shows books owned by all county libraries.

Historical Markers of San Luis Obispo County

Cal Poly Special Collections

Postcard from Cal Poly Special Collections


California Historical Markers


Welcome to the guide for San Luis Obispo County history. Use the tabs above to navigate to different sections of the guide. This page contains general resources for county history.

Resources have been listed if they have print or online collections available for use. Museums and historical societies in the county that do not have these have not been listed; for example, Templeton Historical Society or Morro Bay Natural History Museum.

San Luis Obispo

Cuesta Library Search

OneSearch: Resources in the Cuesta Library and more

Primo Search
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Online Archive of California

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Library Information


Cuesta library buildings will reopen August 16th. See SLO library hours for Fall 2021 below. Click for Information about library services.

Monday: 8 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
Friday:  8 am - 4 pm

For tech support requests, email

For help getting textbooks, Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots, email

SLO PHONE (voicemail only)
Circulation Desk: (805) 546-3155
Reference Desk: (805) 546-3157



Cuesta library buildings will reopen August 16th. North County Library hours will be announced soon. Click for Information about library services.

Monday: TBD
Tuesday: TBD
Wednesday: TBD
Thursday: TBD
Friday: TBD

For tech support requests, email

For textbooks and course reserves, email

NCC PHONE (voicemail only)
Circulation Desk: (805) 591-6211
Reference Desk: (805) 592-9410

California Newspaper Project