Fresno County Public Library Created Digital Collections

Access an array of digital content curated in whole or in part by Fresno County Public Library.

Local History

  • Historical Texts – Fresno County
    Peruse 19th and early 20th Century publications about Fresno County and neighboring San Joaquin Valley communities.
  • Historic Maps of Fresno County
    See what Fresno County looked like during the early stages of its development, with numerous topographic and road maps (most dating from the early 20th Century).
  • Natural Resources & Land Use
    Read historic reports on local agriculture, groundwater, and geology of the San Joaquin Valley.
  • Nursery & Seed Company Publications
    Browse local seed and nursery catalogs from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Fresno County Property Atlases, 1891-1920
    Study property atlases, dating from 1891 to circa 1940, which segment Fresno County by township and range, illustrating individual parcels and labeling them with the owners’ names.
  • Historic San Joaquin Valley Photos
    Enjoy approximately 2,323 digitized photographs depicting various aspects of life in the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills (Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties), dating from 1850 to 2002.
  • Pop Laval Photographs
    Explore digitized photographs from the renowned Pop Laval Collection, in cooperation with the Pop Laval Foundation.

Fresno County Public Library has many more local history resources. Please visit the Heritage Center, to browse a vast selection of books, documents, oral histories, photographs, ephemera, and other kinds of resources useful to those interested in Fresno County history or genealogical research.


  • FCPL Listens
    Explore a growing anthology of community stories. This anthology currently features materials from an award-winning documentary produced by Fresno County Public Library, and the digital stories created by Fresno County residents during the Library's September, 2016 "California Listens" workshop.
  • Fresno County Public Library Poetry Contest
    This anthology showcases award-winning poems from Fresno County Public Library's Annual Poetry Contest.
  • Saroyan Writing Contest
    Enjoy the winning stories from the Saroyan Writing Contest, held annually by Fresno County Public Library and Fresno's William Saroyan Society.