Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Sutro Library

Current Exhibit

All the World is a Stage: Performance, Theatre, and Culture

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured event: Sutro Library presents "What were you like as a kid, Grandma?" on Friday, October 18th at 12:30PM and the San Francisco Archives Crawl on Saturday October 19th, 1-5PM. See calendar for more details.


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

The Sutro Library (the State Library’s 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 as well as 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 for nearly a century, 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).


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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