The Research Library contains more than 2,500 reference books related to all aspects of San Diego history as well as the history of California and the Baja region, many written by local authors. Categories include religion, the social and natural sciences, politics, economics, education, the military, transportation, water, arts and recreation, architecture and biography. The books are an excellent secondary resource providing historical context for our archival materials.

The book collection can only be accessed on site in the Research Library. We do not participate in inter-library loans.

See below for full-text digital versions of a selection of popular books on the history of San Diego. Please note that regular copyright restrictions may apply.

For more information: [email protected] or 619-232-6203 ext.117

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