Browse Through More Than a Hundred Years of Long Beach History Online

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The Long Beach public library has made their History Index available online with more than a hundred years of searchable information.

The Long Beach Public Library is using technology to provide more information directly to the public by making two popular Library databases easily accessible from home or any location with Internet access.

The Long Beach History Index is an online guide to City of Long Beach news stories from selected local newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and documents dating back to 1899, including the Press, the Independent, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.  The index is online and the full text articles are available on microfilm or in the Long Beach History Collection clipping files.

The Community Resources Database connects the City of Long Beach to community programs and services.  It contains approximately 1,600 non-profit organizations that provide cultural, business, and recreational services and programs. This database also features city, state, federal, and local government agencies and departments, human services organizations, and neighborhood groups.

Both databases can be searched by keyword, subject and title, and also have advanced keyword search capability.

To access the databases, go to the library’s website at, then place the cursor over Library Catalog toward the top left.  Click on either Long Beach History Index or Long Beach Community Resources Database and enjoy searching. The databases continue to be accessible from all 12 Long Beach Public Libraries.

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