Tours of the Historic State Library Building
Welcome to the California State Library in the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.
The State Library, older than the state itself, began with several books donated on December 22, 1849 by Colonel J.D. Stevenson. Colonel Stevenson presented the books to the State Legislature in San Jose to establish a state library. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850 becoming the 31st state in the Nation.
The Library was located in different locations before finding its permanent home in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, which was completed in 1928. Recent renovations of the building have brought it back to its original splendor.
Thank you for visiting. Explore the history and architecture and wonder of the California State Library by scheduling a tour today.