San Leandro History Room

Welcome to the San Leandro History Room!

The San Leandro History Room, located on the second floor of the main library, has an impressive collection of books and materials on California and local history. Collection highlights include: 

Eagle Candy Kitchen, 1929. Formerly located on N.E. Corner of Davis and E. 14th St.
Photo from San Leandro Historical Photo and Document Collection #5190


• The San Leandro Historical Photograph and Document Collection with over 2,200 photos. Photos also available through our catalog by selecting the History Collection from the dropdown menu of the search bar. 
• Hayward/San Leandro city directories dating from 1925
• Local Middle and High School yearbooks from 1933-Present 
• Alameda County Census Data from 1852-1920
• Historic Maps including Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
• Clippings and articles dating from 1960’s to present
• Local newspapers dating back to 1856



History Room Hours:

Due to the Shelter-in-Place Order in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the History Room will be closed until further notice. 

Mondays: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesdays: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesdays: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Thursdays: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Fridays: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Hours subject to change. The History Room is opened during these hours, provided volunteer staff is available. If you plan on making a special trip to San Leandro to visit our library, please call the Information Desk at (510) 577-3971 after 12 noon the week you plan on visiting and ask for staffing status.

When the History Room is closed, please visit the Main Library's Information Desk after 12 noon to request information from the History Room. Most requested items can be brought down for patron usage. Materials in the History Room are for Library use only and cannot be checked out.


History Room Services

Free Genealogy Walk-in Workshops on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask our in-house volunteer family history expert how to get started researching your family history. 

Obituary Research is provided upon request. The service charge for an obituary request from the San Leandro Library is $15.00, whether the search was successful or not. Checks should be made payable to the San Leandro Public Library Foundation. Searches are made for deaths in San Leandro only. The obituary search will begin after the service charge is received.

Please click here for the obituary request form.

Send your request to: San Leandro Public Library, Obit Request, 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA  94577


Contact Information

For more information, please call the Main Library's Information Desk at (510) 577-3971.


History Room Location

San Leandro Public Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94577


Become a Volunteer for the History Room!  Click here for application.

If you are interested in history, enjoy researching San Leandro history and like helping people with their history research, join us and become a History Room researcher! If you can work 2 hours or more on a weekly basis in our beautiful History Room, fill out the application and turn it in at the Circulation Desk when you next visit the Main Library. For more information on duties and responsibilities for this position, contact Angelica Peña at (510) 577-3986.


A Brief History of San Leandro History (Click here)


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