The Placentia Library History Room

Placentia historical photo from the Placentia Library History Room collection

Welcome to the Placentia Library History Room!   

The History Room is open to the public during regular library hours and features books, photographs, videos, oral histories, maps, and other materials documenting the city’s rich and colorful history. Boasting a collection of more than 5,000 photographs, books by local authors, historic orange crate labels and other memorabilia, the Placentia History Room is an invaluable custodian of Placentia’s past. As a resource center for the people of Placentia, this collection includes both historical and current information concerning the cultural, geographic, agricultural, economic, social, and political development of the Placentia area. 

 If you would like research assistance, feel free to make an appointment by calling (714) 528-1906, ext. 224 or emailing 

Placentia History Collection

How to Donate Historical Resources

Persons with historical materials may donate them to the Placentia History Room. Due to the nature of preservation and available space, we only accept donations that fit within the scope of our collection.  

Donations can be made through appointment only by emailing or calling 714-528-1906 ext. 224. 

Responsibility for accepting any offer of donations belongs to the History Room Librarian and, ultimately, to the Library Director. 

Discover Calisphere

Calisphere hosts numerous resources contributed by many cultural heritage organizations in California. Here you will discover free access to millions of photographs, documents, ephemera and more. For a brief introductory video on Calisphere’s remarkable digital collections please view the video below.

The Placentia Library would like to thank all individuals and organizations for contributions to the Local History Room, included but not limited to the Placentia Community Foundation, the Placentia Library Friends Foundation, the Placentia Historical Committee, the California State Library, CA Revealed, the Bradford House, Calisphere, and our dedicated volunteers, interns and staff.