Visit the History Center

*The History Center is temporarily closed. Please visit our Grab-and-Go services page to read what is available during this phase of Library reopening (effective September 29, 2020).

The Local History Collection is available for use when the History Center is open. If your research will involve extensive assistance, please call (714) 288-2465 in advance for an appointment or to have materials gathered for your research. Our historical Digital Collection consisting of photographs, local city directories and newspapers, and oral histories is available 24/7.

Research and Digital Image Requests

The Library offers fee-based research services for obituary requests and extensive research on subjects related to the City of Orange. Please fill out a Research Request for this service.

Historical photographs in our Digital Collection may be available for personal or commercial use. Order digital copies by filling out a Digital Image Request and a Permission Form. Please plan for a minimum turnaround time of one week.

Send all completed forms to our History Team at or call (714) 288-2465 for more information. Library staff will respond within 3 business days. 

Local History Department