Hillsboro Public Library

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Hillsboro Public Library (HPL)

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

Email: Please use the webform to email staff at the library.
Website: HPL website
Facebook: HPL Facebook page

Twitter: HPL Twitter page

Instagram: HPL Instagram page

YouTube: HPL YouTube page



2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy

Hillsboro, OR 97124

Telephone: 503-615-6500

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thur: 10 am - 8 pm

Fri-Sun: 10 am - 6 pm

For holiday schedule and closures, please visit the HPL website.


Google Map

Parking is available on site.

Local History and Genealogy Collections[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

  • 929-929.5: Washington County records and obituaries
  • 929.1: Genealogy how-to books
  • 973-979: American, Oregon, and local history materials
  • 979.5: Hillsboro city directories, high school annual and history
  • 025.04: general online searching techniques
  • 352.387: public record research information

Microfilm and Microfiche[edit | edit source]

  • Hillsboro Argus: 1894-present
  • Hillsboro Independent: 1891-1931
  • Forest Grove Independent: 1873-1874
  • Indians, Navy, Revolutionary War and Civil War selected photos
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Hillsboro: 1884-1921; other Wash. Cty. Cities: various dates
  • Oregon Vital Records: death, divorce, marriage (~1961-1998)

Services[edit | edit source]

Obituary Finder[edit | edit source]

The Hillsboro Obituary Index is a database of obituaries found in the Hillsboro Independent, The Argus, the Hillsboro Argus, and the Hillsboro Tribune newspapers from 1894 to 2012. Note: the index is an ongoing project and may not be complete.

Online Genealogy Resources[edit | edit source]

Your library card provides free access to online learning websites, job search support, genealogy, business development, and much more.

Ancestry Library Edition (Note: in-library use only), including:

  • US Federal Census images and indexes (1790-1930)
  • 1000+ historical maps
  • Social Security Death Index
  • WWI draft registration cards
  • American Genealogical Biographical Index
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage

HeritageQuest Online

Includes more than 25,000 genealogies, local histories, primary sources materials and local history serials. All materials are keyword searchable and can be downloaded and copied.

Washington County Heritage Online

Explore the heritage of Washington County through digitized photos.

General Land Office Records

Find Federal land conveyance records, including more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.

Oregon Historical Society Digital Records

Explore Oregon’s history through the Oregon Historical Society’s digital collections.

Interlibrary Loan[edit | edit source]

If WCCLS does not own an item you would like to borrow, we can request it from another library for you.

  • Items available through Interlibrary Loan include books, media, microfilm, and articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals.
  • Magazines, manuscripts, rare titles, and pre-1900 materials are generally not available. Microfilm or photocopies may be available.
  • The Library will first try to borrow items from libraries that lend free of charge. If a free source is not available, the cardholder will be notified and given an opportunity to decline the requested materials or pay the lending library fees.

Tips for Your Visit[edit | edit source]

  • Bring a flash drive or have an email account ready to save files from scanning.
  • Bring a list of names and dates of what you need - the more information to start with the better!
  • Printing costs 10 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents per page for color.
  • Staff are there to help!

Local Genealogical Societies and Museums[edit | edit source]

The Genealogical Society of Washington County[edit | edit source]

"The Genealogical Society of Washington County was formed from the Washington County, Oregon Family History Society. It is a group dedicated to promoting the study of genealogy and the preservation of family heritage."

Five Oaks Museum (previously called Washington County Museum)[edit | edit source]

"The Five Oaks Museum archives are an extensive collection of historic materials about Washington County, including manuscripts, images, maps, oral histories and rare books. The research desk is a service to help our community access and utilize these resources. Whether you’re an individual working on a genealogy project or researching a historic site or you’re a local business creating a historic display, we are here to help."