The Local History collection consists of the Sierra Madre Historical Archives, a rare book collection, a circulating California book collection, local newspapers, and an art collection.

The Sierra Madre Historical Archives

On May 27, 1999, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society and the Sierra Madre Public Library entered into an agreement whereby the archival collection became jointly owned by both institutions.  The Archival Collection consists of historic documents, photographs, slides, maps, sound recordings, oral histories, moving images, scrapbooks, ledgers, news clippings, books, works of art, and ephemera that tell the story of Sierra Madre and the nearby San Gabriel Mountains. A selection of digitized photos is accessible via the Library Catalog, on Flickr and in Worldcat.


Offers to the Historical Archives are welcomed. Staff review all donations to ensure the material conforms to the selection criteria in the Library’s Collection Development Policy.

The Rare Book Collection

This collection consists books of special California interest, particularly rare editions or signed copies. These items are designated for in-Library use only. Titles that are part of the rare book collection are searchable through the Library catalog.

California Collection

This circulating collection focuses on the history of the State of California and specifically the Los Angeles area, Sierra Madre, and surrounding communities, but also includes books on a wide range of California topics such as art, architecture, geology, travel and natural resources. Titles contained in the California collection may be identified by searching the Library catalog.

Local Newspaper Collection

Local newspapers on microfilm include Sierra Madre Weekly, The View from Sierra Madre, Sierra Madre News, and Sierra Madre Vista. A microfilm reader is available to the public. Recent issues of the Mountain Views News and of the Sierra Madre Weekly are available upon request in print form.

California Listens Project - Sierra Madre Local Stories

View local Californian stories as told by Sierra Madre Public Library patrons.  Available stories are listed on our California Listens Project page.

Art Works

The Sierra Madre Public Library possesses a small non-circulating collection of paintings, sculptures, and art prints, many by Sierra Madre artists.