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
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
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
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
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058-3434
1730 College Way
School District Museum
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
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
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.
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, OR 97041