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Local History Searches

Local History search requests will only be accepted by regular mail and must include payment by check or money order made out to Santa Barbara Public Library. Do not send cash. $25.00 fee / 30 minutes of research.

Please submit requests for a local history search in writing:

Santa Barbara Public Library
Reference Unit - Local History Request
PO Box 1019
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

Please include any names, places, dates or other information that might help in the search. Searching past the first half hour will only be done if staff believe there is a reasonable chance of further information being found. Before extra charges are incurred the patron will be contacted. Please include your email address and/or phone number in your letter to facilitate any questions that might arise. Requests can take 4-6 weeks to process.

For more information, contact the Central Library Reference Department at

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2020
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