|California State Library|
The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service.
What We Do
The 157-year old California State Library serves the people of California in several ways:
- It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature
- It provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor.
- It collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts.
- It advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.
In 1850, California’s new legislature, seeing that the state’s facts, figures, and documents needed to be in a central location, established the California State Library in the State Capitol. In 1917, the California State Library established the Sutro Library in San Francisco from the private library of Adolph Sutro.
|California History Room|
in the Library Courts II building
California State Library
California History Room
900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
FAX (916) 654-8777