Grand Reopening Celebration Week

History of the Building

Photograph of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building at 914 Capitol Mall The Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building opened in 1928 as part of the Capitol Extension Group. Designed by the San Francisco architectural firm of Weeks and Day, it is considered one of the finest examples of neo-classical design in the West. Its classic granite and terra cotta fašade are matched by its majestic interior containing magnificent murals by Maynard Dixon and Frank Van Sloun, a marble staircase and columns, decorative coffered ceilings and bronze chandeliers.

In 2009, the California Department of General Services began a major renovation of the building to make it safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient, while preserving its architectural integrity. The work is now complete, and the building has been restored to its original grandeur and has been updated with 21st century technology.

Take our Architectural Tour of the California State Library and explore the exterior and interior of the Library & Courts Building.

Grand Reopening Celebration

banner Join the State Library to celebrate its return to the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. The celebration will start with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony on February 11, 2014. Following the ceremony, take a tour of the recently renovated building. Check out the other events that the library is hosting throughout the week.

If you are interested in going on a tour, here's how.

Self-Guided Tours – The self-guided tours will begin Tuesday, February 11, at 11 a.m. and will continue until 3:30 p.m. There will be docents stationed at various tour spots in the library for the day. You will be able to pick up a brochure in the Memorial Vestibule area and then be directed to the different locations in the tour. The docents at each location will explain the features of their area and then you will move on to another location.

Guided Tours – Starting Wednesday, February 12, regular daily tours will be conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. A docent will provide a guided tour around the library to groups of up to 15. The tours will take about an hour. You can schedule a tour online on our website.

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Schedule of Events

Drop in during our weeklong open house! As part of our return to the newly-renovated Library and Courts Building, the State Library staff invites the public to a week of free programs and displays. We have 18 programs scheduled.

All presentations will be held in Room 500 of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building at 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento. For more information on what's happening each day, select one of the dates listed below:

3D Collection

Marble Stairs, 3D image Check out our 3D images of the Stanley Mosk Library & Courts Building: