Recently, the San Mateo County Libraries finished a project that at first seemed without end: Digitizing decades worth of Coastside history. You can now call up 100 years of Half Moon Bay Review newspapers and another 13 years of Coastside Comets — a newspaper that for a time ran alongside this one — for historical documentation of 111 years of local history.

The digitized newspaper pages essentially replace the old library microfilm that patrons could access through bulky machines in the Half Moon Bay Library prior to 2015. That is why photos, in particular, can be hard to make out on these pages. They are copies of that media. But, for the most part, the print is legible and fascinating.

You can now find out what Coastsiders were thinking on the brink of two world wars, how the newspaper covered 1960s activism and how countless developments unfolded on the coast. As the library system notes on its blog, seeing history unfold through local news pages is highly addictive.

The library also completed digitizing years of Brisbane newspapers and that, too, is available through the link.

Of course, subscribers can also access the last 20-plus years of Half Moon Bay Review stories through our website,

We can’t thank San Mateo County Library managers enough for their diligence in seeing this project through.

— Clay Lambert

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Will TalkAbout be digitized as well?

TalkAbout (play intended, couldn't resist) documented local history ...


I checked out the images from the library's archives, I found that though they look o.k, they do lack the quality and resolution of the ones which will be made from the master negatives which will be hosted on next year. You can't zoom in too much before they fuzz out. With that in mind, we'll continue the process of digitizing the Review for (which will be turned over to the Coastside News Group after 3 years), but these are great for a look-see, anyway.


This is exciting! We at the Historical Society of Pacifica have been uploading the Tribunes for archiving, and had expected to do the same for the Review later this year. However, if the Review is already archived online, that may not be necessary. Thank you for sharing this information! I am passing the news along to other interested parties.

Barbara Dye

It would be great to have a link with information about how to access this resource. I tried and failed to find it myself. Cheers!

D Olson

Here's the library article link:

It contains a link to "Digital Reel", which then gives you a choice of several newspapers. You'll need to login to the library system first; Digital Reel directly requires it's own login, but not if you get to it through the library website.

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