Visit the History Center

The History Center is currently closed for walk-in assistance. In-person appointments for the History Center are available on Fridays only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as staffing allows. Please fill out the History Center Appointment Request at least two business days in advance to request an appointment, then wait for a Library staff member to confirm your appointment before you visit.

If you have general questions about the History Center, please call the Adult Reference Desk at (714) 288-2410. 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