Northwest Room


Tacoma Public Library’s local history, genealogy and special collections are located in the Northwest Room  in the Carnegie Building - 2nd floor (C2) of the Main Branch. The Carnegie building is the original 1903 Carnegie Library and the collections and services are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and accessible local and regional history information available to the public. Our collections feature Tacoma city directories dating back to 1885, early to current newspapers, record indexes, maps, photos, postcards, manuscript collections, architectural plans, and much more.

The Northwest Room also houses the library’s Genealogy Collection with materials to help anyone interested in doing genealogical research. In addition to a rich selection of local resources, the collection covers all areas of the United States and other countries, with especially strong coverage for New England, the Midwest and Southern states.

Appointments are available for users with research needs that cannot be met remotely. Users will only have access to the Northwest Room space and resources during their scheduled appointment time. Other services in the Main Library building will be unavailable. If you are unsure whether you need to schedule an appointment for your research topic, please contact the Northwest Room at (253) 280-2814 or