Book Collections

Sherman Library’s book collection encompasses more than 15,000 volumes relating to the history of the Pacific Southwest. The book collection is open to the public, however, the library is non-circulating, so materials must be used onsite.

The majority of book titles are searchable through the Newport Beach Public Library’s catalog. The library also maintains a traditional card catalog onsite.

Sherman Library’s book collection is an extensive city directory collection covering all of California.  These books, the earliest of which date to the 1880s, are a unique tool for genealogists and others wishing to research individuals.  You may search an index to the cities included in this collection.