Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Sutro Library

Current Exhibit

Images of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the Republic

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured event: San Francisco Public Library presents "First Person: Honoring Native and Indigenous Cultures" in celebration of Native American Heritage Month with events spread all over SF. See the calendar for more details!


Informal and occasional musings from Sutro Library staff focusing on our services and rich collections.

The Sutro Library (our San Francisco branch) holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor. The library has a large collection of publications and items dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries. It also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.

Adolph Sutro's heirs donated his collection to the California State Library in 1913 with the requirement that the collection stay within the city of San Francisco. After operating in various locations in the city for almost 100 years, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012.

Adolph Sutro


Halloween coloring book Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties! Download and make our spooky coloring book part of your Halloween festivities (PDF).

coloring book In honor of our 100th year of serving the people of California, we invite you to color our collections! Download our anniversary coloring book (PDF).

womens march The California State Library is mandated to protect and preserve California's rich history and is ideally suited to house this collection of historical and political importance. See our California Women's March Collection.


J. Paul Leonard Library – Sutro Library, Fifth Floor

San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

Days & Hours
M-F 10-4, excluding State holidays.



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