The Mountain Valley Library System features an online virtual catalog. Here, you can search the contents of 23 central California libraries.

Amador County Library

El Dorado County Library

Folsom Public Library

Nevada County Libraries

Auburn-Placer County Library

There are few pleasures as fine as curling up with a great book. Or sometimes you need hard-to-find information.

We've listed a few of our favorite in-print books about the California Sierra Nevada foothills. You may purchase them online at substantial discounts through

Hands down, this is the best researched and best written book on this remarkable era.

This delightful, slightly surreal novel by Isabel Allende traces the adventures of a young woman who comes to California from Chile during the Gold Rush.

Here's one of the top books about the Calfornia Gold Rush, written by Malcolm Rohrbough.

Looking for the best flower guide to the Sierra Nevada foothills? You'll find it in this book by Toni Fauver.

This independently published novel by Naida West is an intense account of the tragic demise of California Native Americans before and during the Gold Rush.

Written by Barbara Braasch et al., this exhaustively detailed book is arguably the best guidebook to the California Gold Country.

During the California Gold Rush, women were a rare commodity. This extensively researched and well-written book by JoAnn Levy explores the roles of women during this tumultuous era.

Slightly out of date, this book by Leslie Kelly is nevertheless one of the better guidebooks to the Gold Country.

This eloquent little book, written a state park ranger about the wild river canyons south of Auburn, has gained national accolades. This guide to California whitewater is now considered a classic.
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