Welcome to our community history collection! The materials in this collection provide a wonderful opportunity to explore and discover unique elements in Richland's early days as a "secret city" and how we transitioned to a First Class city. We feature Reference/Research books, government reports, photos, pamphlets, documents and a collection of bound magazines. Many of these items are kept in the glass front display shelves and are available for research inside the Library by request at the Reference desk.
The open shelves in the area showcase a collection of books that were part of the original Richland Library and can be checked out. These books reflect the titles and authors popular during the early years of Richland. You will notice a small stamp in the books (H.O.O.) that indicates they were part of the Hanford Operations Office. There are both Fiction and Nonfiction books for you to enjoy.
There are additional items of interest such as the entire Tri-City Herald on microfilm, a partial collection of the Richland Villager newspapers, the GE News and other unique ephemera that are too fragile and are stored in the administrative area of the Library. Appointments can be made to discuss and view these items with the Reference Staff.
The Richland Public Library Foundation conducts the fundraising for the preservation and expansion of the Richland Room Collection.