Black Gold Digital Collections
Hundreds of historic photographs from the Black Gold Cooperative Library System are available to view online. Collections include "Adobes in San Luis Obispo Country Library," "Hispanics on the Central Coast - 300 Years of History," and more.
Edson Smith Photograph Collection
The Edson Smith collection of historic photographs of Santa Barbara shows views of local residents and structures from the 1880s to 1920s. There are over 1,400 negatives available for borrowing in order to duplicate for publication or research. The Edson Smith collection is located at the Central Library; please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance. Select images are also available to view online with a keyword search for "Edson Smith Photo Collection" in the library catalog.
Foundation Center Collection
The Santa Barbara Public Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. The collection provides information on foundation and research funding, applications and guidelines. The print collection is located at the Central Library for use within the building. Aimed primarily at non-profit organizations, information includes current directories, information on specific grants and indexes by topic or organization, and is national in scope. Access to Foundation Center Online is available only at the Central Library.
The Central Library's collection consists primarily of local city and county documents, including current Grand Jury reports, Santa Barbara City Council agendas and budgets, and Santa Barbara County agendas and budgets.
Large Print Materials
Books in large print for both adult and juvenile patrons are available at the Central Library and most branches.
Local Author Collection
Santa Barbara Central Library maintains a Local Author collection of independently published or self-published authors. Authors are Santa Barbara County residents, or the book is set in Santa Barbara County, or otherwise demonstrates a strong local interest, and is appropriate for a popular collection.
Please complete the Local Author Submission Form to have a book reviewed for the library's collection.
Local History Collection
Books and bound periodicals of interest to readers and researchers of Santa Barbara are available for use within the Central Library. Materials include Santa Barbara City directories from 1875 through 1989, biographies of local figures, family histories, and monographs on local places and events. A local history database is maintained at the Central Library.
The telephone book collection at the Central Library includes only local areas.To access an online nationwide telephone directory, click here and enter your library card number when prompted.