Libraries are handy sources of information, not only for local history that cannot be found online, but for genealogy history pertaining to families who settled the area.

If you can’t pay a visit to a regional library, check out our Bookshelf for some Oregon and Pacific Northwest History!

Libraries in The Dalles

The Dalles Wasco County Public Library

722 Court Street
The Dalles Oregon 97058
Phone: 541-296-2815

Monday -Thursday: 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

This library houses a large genealogy and local history collection; has extensive local newspaper collection on microfilm and digital microfilm printer/computer; member of interlibrary loan program.

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

William G. Dick Research Library
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
Phone: 541-296-8600 ext. 201

Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (most days)

This library houses a small but rich collection of local materials, and geneaology for Wasco County families. It  is part of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, which encompasses the Wasco County Historical Museum. Staffed by volunteers; please call ahead and make an appointment.

The Dalles LDS Family History Center

The Dalles Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints
1815 East 15th Street  – West entrance, basement

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM

This library houses many records; has access to microfilms of all Salt Lake City LDS Library records; has links to Ancestry and other internet genealogy programs; and trained volunteer staff.

Columbia Gorge Community College Library
The Dalles Campus:
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058-3434
Phone: (541) 506-6081
Hood River Campus:
Indian Creek Campus
1730 College Way
Hood River, OR 97031-7502,
Phone: (541) 308-8211
Public patrons are welcome to use this library; you do not need a CGCC library card. You can use a public library card from Hood River or The Dalles, or you can ask for a guest pass.

School District Museum
10th & Chenowith Loop Road
Wahtonka Community School Campus
(entrance on east side)
The Dalles, Oregon
This collection houses memorabilia from all the schools located in the District 12, District 9 and combined District 21, including yearbooks, photos and sports achievement awards.

Additional Libraries in the Columbia River Gorge

Cascade Locks Library

140 SE Wa-Na-Pa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014

Dufur School Community Library

Dufur School Campus
802 NE 5th Street
Dufur, Oregon 97058
Phone: 541-467-2509 or 541- 467-2588

School Year Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 3:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Summer Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday:
10:00am – 2:00pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Combined school and community library; nearly complete collection of Dufur high school yearbooks; large collection of Dufur Garden Club scrapbooks. Closed all major holidays.

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District

The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District serves the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Address: 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd,
Vancouver, WA 98663
Phone: (360) 906-5000

Hood River County Library

502 State Street
Hood River, Oregon 97031


Maupin City Library (Southern Wasco County Library)

PO Box 328
410 Deschutes Avenue
Maupin, Oregon 97037
Phone: 541-395-2208

Wednesday 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

They have an extensive collection of public records and private collections; local photographs; Maupin Times newspapers; and close ties to the old-timers of the area. Library is Gorge Link member.

Mosier Library

Contact person: Glenna McCargar

The Mosier Valley Library Consortium has a volunteer staff. Contains historical photographs; back issues of historical newsletter; some local history materials; with the new addition of Mosier School history and yearbooks.

Parkdale Library
7300 Clear Creek Road
Parkdale, OR 97041