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All California State Library reading rooms are free and open to the public.

Sacramento

Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building

Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library

Within the Witkin Law Library collection, you will find:

  • Attorney / state bar directories
  • State and federal court cases
  • "West's California Reporter"
  • State and federal court directories
  • Legislative directories
  • Legislative histories

Government Publications

Within the Government Publications room, you will find California State Government and Federal Government publications, which include:

  • Agency and departmental annual and special reports, directories, newsletters, maps, records and publications
  • Agency and licensing board directories, reports, and rosters
  • Commission, committee, and task force reports and minutes
  • Congressional hearing indexes
  • Military registers, directories, and journals
  • U.S. patent database and indexes

Information Services

Information Services, our General Collection Resources, contains:

  • Annual proceedings and membership summaries
  • Industry and commercial newsletters
  • Industry trade journals
  • Genealogy handbooks and guides
  • General directories
  • Military registers, directories, and journals
  • National newspapers

California State Library Building

California History Room

Within California History Room, you will find specialized genealogy resources, including:

  • California information file
  • Research guides and specialized indexes
  • City and county directories
  • Telephone directories
  • California newspapers
  • City and county histories
  • Image files
  • Manuscript collections
  • Genealogy, historical, and lineage society publications

San Francisco

Sutro Library (5th floor of J. Paul Leonard Library) San Francisco State University

Information Services

Within the special collections of Sutro Library, you will find:

  • Telephone and city directories
  • Family and local histories
  • Vital, tax, voting, and property records
  • Military and business registries
  • Periodicals from surname associations and historical and genealogical societies
  • Surname and local history card files
  • Daughters of the American Revolution publications
  • Foreign language materials
  • Guides, handbooks, indexes, finding aids and other materials related to domestic and international research.