Digital Resources

Use your library card to download digital books from the library.  There are no fees and never an overdue fine. Check with the library for information on how to download from Overdrive.

Much of Bellaire’s History is Now Available Online!

Ever want to take a walk back in time and browse the news from long ago?  Curious what it was like to live in Bellaire in the 40’s and 50’s? The Friends of the Bellaire Library bring you the Portal to Texas History.  Online files of local Bellaire newspapers spanning almost 50 years are now available, with a seachable database, at The Portal to Texas History.   Click Bellaire History Online and type in your search terms.

Bellaire Area Newspapers

The Digitization Project

The Bellaire Library has a large collection of local newspapers in original paper format as well as on microfilm.  The cost of the microfilm process was underwritten by the Bellaire Historical Society in the early 1990s.

At the January, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Friends a motion was made and approved to form a committee to investigate a project to digitize the area newspapers now archived on microfilm, and to provide an estimated cost for digitization. The archive contains 69 rolls of microfilm, covering the years 1944 through 1990.

The following local publications have been converted to microfilm:

Southwestern Times 1944 -1952
Southwest Citizen 1947 – 1950
Bellaire Citizen 1949 – 1950
Bellaire Texan 1954 – 1980
Suburbia Reporter 1977 – 1986
The Texan 1985 – 1990
Southwest News 1988 – 1990

The committee consisted of members of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society. A copy of the report can be found here. The report was presented to the boards of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society, and the Friends agreed to underwrite the $11,000 estimated cost for digitization.

The organization chosen to oversee the project is the University of North Texas, which will also publish the digitized publications on The Portal to Texas History. The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials, and combined with the UNT Digital Library, digital content is provided to a worldwide audience. The Portal to Texas History can be found here:

The Portal to Texas History is created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit. The Digital Projects Unit supports the UNT Libraries with guidance and digital services including imaging, archival storage of electronic files, digital preservation, and metadata development and pursues research opportunities in digital preservation and access and is active in state, national, and international professional organizations. Once the Projects Unit has received permission from the various publishers of the papers the project will begin, and within a year most, if not all, available newspapers will be online in a searchable database.

Additional information for Bellaire and the City’s history can be disseminated through this site as well, and we believe this will be an invaluable source for anyone interested in the City and its history.