Contra Costa County Library’s digitizing history

Remember & Go: Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County Library embarks on a local history digitization project

The Contra Costa County Library is the recipient of a $49,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by the California State Library to create Remember & Go, a database of historical photographs, artifacts, and other important items related to County history. As part of the project, the Library will hire a professional photographer to travel to Contra Costa County community libraries to take multi-view photographs of art objects such as the 24 Western Art sculptures, including Frederic Remington reproductions, donated by the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and housed in multiple library locations.

Remember & Go will launch by spring 2014 with the Library kicking off the project by showcasing its art collection and continuing to expand the database with artifacts from local historical societies and other partnering institutions. Each item in the database will include a link to a map allowing users to locate an artifact’s physical location.

The Library’s new Facebook page, Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County, currently provides residents and local history buffs a way to preserve their stories and share their knowledge with the community. Memories of a Lifetime will link to Remember & Go, highlighting special collections and featured items in the database.

Contra Costa County Library’s mission is bringing people and ideas together, and serves over 902,000 residents of urban, suburban, and rural communities through 26 community libraries, 3 Library-a-Go-Go book dispensers, and online library services available 24/7 at  The Library circulates over 7 million items annually with over 3 million virtual visits to the Library website each year. The Library is considered a leader in technology and access to information and is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.