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Research & Reading Resources

Local History

About Mission Viejo and its History

Browse through the following selection of articles for an overview of the history and progress of Mission Viejo as a community.

bullet orangeMakers of the Promise: Rancho Mission Viejo
bullet orangeThe California Promise Fulfilled: Beautiful Mission Viejo
bullet orangeKeepers of the Promise: Mission Viejo Company
bullet orangeCommunity Identity: Preserving the Legacy
bullet orangeCommunity Pride: Enhancing the Quality of Life
bullet orangeCommunity Spirit: Creating That Home-Town Feeling
bullet orangeCommunity Recognition: Awards and Accolades
bullet orangeCommunity Distinction: Marketing the Mission Viejo Miracle
bullet orangeOlympic Memories in Mission Viejo

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Special Recognition of Hall of Fame golfer Mark O'Meara

Golfer Mark O'Meara, who grew up and trained in Mission Viejo, talks about his early experience and life on these videos.

bullet orangeMark O'Meara - Learning the Game of Golf 
bullet orangeMark O'Meara - Induction Speech

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Mission Viejo Historic Videos

On the City of Mission Viejo YouTube page, the videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/user/MissionViejoCA/featured. From the local history collection of the Mission Viejo Library and Mission Viejo Heritage Committee, they cover news stories, community events, sports highlights and other Mission Viejo milestones that have helped to shape this pristine South County city.    local history - martin advertising film

A Mission Viejo Timeline, 1963-2013

Take a look at this handy timeline of early Mission Viejo milestones.   local history - caboose

Oral History Interviews and Transcripts

Video recordings of interviews fromMission Viejo Company employees can be found on our Oral History Page.

The following history specials were produced by MVTV and the Mission Viejo Library.
bullet blueMission Viejo: A Living Legacy, Part 1
bullet blueMission Viejo: A Living Legacy, Part 2

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Images from the Early Days of Mission Viejo

Take a visual tour of the creation of Mission Viejo from its earliest days to the incorporation of the City of Mission Viejo! Over 400 images from community activities,Mission Viejo Company brochures, and more have been digitized from the original archival items.

Browse or search the Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection.

The digitization of these images was made possible by funding from a Library Service and Technology Act grant, administered through the California State Library.

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Online Index to Announcements in the Saddleback Valley News

Birth, death and marriage announcements in the Saddleback Valley News from 1969 – 1989 have been indexed by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. The indexes are searchable by year or surname. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/svnvitals.html   Article - Saddleback Valley News

Contact Us With Your Local History Questions

Have a question about the history of Mission Viejo, or need help with some research? Contact us via email at localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org or give us a call at (949) 830-7100, extension 5110.

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A special thanks to Judy Deeter, Robert D. Breton, Micky Schulte and all the members of the City of Mission Viejo Heritage Committee for their input, research, and cooperation.



Explore Your Roots at the Library!

The Genealogy Collection is located in the South Wing of the library and includes:  in-house access to an online genealogical database, books, periodicals, family histories, and more.  Genealogical research assistance is provided at no cost by volunteers from the South Orange County California Genealogy Society (SOCCGS).


Digital Books, Audiobooks & Magazines

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Hoopla is an online streaming service for public libraries offering feature films, documentaries, music albums and audiobooks. Library patrons may use their web browser or mobile device to use hoopla. The content is always available without wait lists.

Looking for more information and help? Visit the Hoopla Support site.


OverDrive LogoSouthern California Digital Library eBooks and eAudiobooks

The Southern California Digital Library, powered by OverDrive, offers downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, teens, and children. Search for books online or use the OverDrive mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.

Looking for more information and help? Visit the OverDrive Help site.

Zinio Logo 2015Zinio - Digital Magazines

Zinio for Libraries is a new magazine service offering free digital editions of over 100 popular magazines. Search and checkout any magazine with your library account and read them online with your computer or offline with the Zinio mobile app.

Need help getting started? Visit the Zinio Help site.

enki Libraryenki Library - eBooks for all ages

enki, an eBook platform created by librarians, is the place for discovery, helping you find new gems, classic novels and eye-opening nonfiction. It’s your only source for bestsellers before they catch fire, and it’s where you can learn something new from renowned authors. Indulge your curiosity.

Need help getting started? Visit the enki Help site.

Axis360 logoAxis 360 - eBooks for Children and Teens

Axis 360 Digital Media Library by Baker & Taylor is a downloadable eBook service with a focus on titles for children and teens. Search for books online or use the Axis 360 mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.

Need help getting started? Visit the Axis 360 Help site.

To access eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines from Axis360, OverDrive or Zinio, you will need your valid library card, brief access to the Internet, and free software for the device on which you wish to use your digital book, audiobook or magazine.

When signing in with your library card number be sure to use a capital "M" and enter the barcode number with no spaces (i.e. M107165771). Your PIN is typically the last 4 digits of your phone number.  

TumbleBook Library and StoryPlace eBooks for Kids

Read along with a variety of children’s stories or play games online with TumbleBook Library free eBooks for eKids! Visit the TumbleBook Library to start your reading adventure.

StoryPlace also offers many eStories and eActivities for pre-school and elementary aged kids. Visit StoryPlace now to find a story.

Reference and Research eBooks for All Ages

Don’t forget to visit our Electronic Resources page, where you can find online access to a variety of eBooks and reference databases to assist with homework, research, or test practice.


Find Books and Other Materials at the Library

Mission Viejo Library Catalog

Looking for materials available right in the Library?  Connect to the Mission Viejo Library Catalog to begin your search.

Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection 

 The Mission Viejo Library houses a special collection of original Local History materials.   Because the originals of these old photos, brochures, and other materials are often fragile, a selection of over 400 of these images from the early days of Mission Viejo is now available online in digitized form.

 Visit the Heritage Committee Local History Digital Collection now to browse the images.

Want to learn more about the history of Mission Viejo?  Visit our Local History pages to start your search into Mission Viejo's past! 

California Libraries Catalog

Not finding what you want in the Mission Viejo Library Catalogs, and want to search for books, videos, and other materials housed in a different California library?  Search the California Libraries Catalog, which provides information on titles held at libraries throughout the state, along with links to individual, local library catalogs.

Want more information about the California Libraries Catalog and how to use it to search for books and other materials? Contact the Mission Viejo Library Reference staff at (949) 830-7100, extension 5105.

Electronic Resources (Articles and More)

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      •  Ancestry Library Edition - (In-library use only) - Provides information on more than two billion names including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records. 
      •  New! Online Index to Announcements in the Saddleback Valley News - Birth, death and marriage announcements in the Saddleback Valley News from 1969 – 1989 have been indexed by the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. The indexes are searchable by year or surname. 
      General Reference (Magazines, Newspapers and Encyclopedias)
      •  Gale Virtual Reference Library - A database of eBook encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety of topics, including history, science, cultures of the world, and more.
      •  General Reference Center Gold - Articles on a variety of current topics from newspapers, reference books, and magazines.
      •  Scholastic Go! - An online encyclopedia and reference featuring: The New Book of KnowledgeAmerica the BeautifulThe New Book of Popular Science, and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
      • World Book Online - World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals.
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        •  Mango - An online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for 63 different languages; also includes 17 English tutorials for those who are not native speakers.
        • Beanstack - An online literacy resource that will help you discover favorite books and apps matched to your child's age and interest.
        •  Literature Resource Center - Up-to-date biographies, overviews, literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers from around the world.
        •  Novelist Plus - Find information on popular fiction and nonfiction titles, including fiction audiobooks. Discover author readalikes, information on series, book lists, recommendations, book discussion guides, and more.
        •  Novelist K-8 Plus - Find information on fiction and nonfiction books, author readalikes, series, recommended reading lists and more - this companion to the Novelist database focuses on books for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
        •  Tumblebooks - Read e-stories and play games online.
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