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Research Library

The G. Horace Coshow Museum Library is non-circulating and is for research use only by appointment. The library contains books on local and western history, maps, bound newspaper volumes, family histories and genealogies, subject archives and more. A rare collection of more than 6,000 photographs chronicle the Valley’s settlers and development. 


Another special collection of oral history interviews with Valley residents documents their memories of life in Carpinteria. Both of these special collections are catalogued and cross-indexed.


Our resources are available for use by authors, newspaper and magazine journalists, artists and designers, students, genealogists, land-use planners, consultants, and others interested in our rich local heritage. Some research, scanning, or use fees may apply.

An appointment is required to conduct research in the Library and Archives.

Please email: to arrange a date and time. 

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