The Longview Room houses the local history collection of the Longview Public Library and is located on the library mezzanine. Newspaper clippings, maps, pamphlets, books about Washington (in particular the Southwest part of the State), clippings about the 1980 Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption, local yearbooks, and a large collection of photographs of Longview's founding in the 1920's make up the main parts of the collection. You can view a growing collection of these materials online in our Digital Archive.
Some books are found in the Longview Room only. They are listed in the Online Catalog and are available to view on request but generally cannot be checked out. Ask at the Main Desk on the 2nd floor. Many other titles have copies in regular circulation as well as in the Longview Room; be sure to check the item's location and status in the catalog to see whether it is checked in or out.
Longview Room staff are available to answer your local history questions, by phone, email, or in person during weekly drop-in hours or by appointment. Call 360.442.5320 or email us.
September 7 | 6 p.m.
Don Larry will show a presentation about his grandfather, E.N. Larry. E.N. Larry was the designer of the Port of Astoria and became Long Bell's in-house architect in 1922. He was prominent in engineering the beginnings of Longview.
This special Longview Centennial event is presented in partnership with the Cowlitz County Historical Museum and is part of their first Thursday series.
September 11, 5:30 p.m.
Hal Calbom, author of Empire of Trees, will share a reading and presentation to kick off the community reading effort. 100 copies of Calbom's book, including discussion questions, will be given away starting at the event and available while supplies last.
October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Join in the discussion of questions related to Empire of Trees, the City of Longview, and your role in shaping the next 100 years of Longview.