California State Library Sections & Organizational Chart

Below is information on the bureaus and sections of the California State Library that provide services to state employees and the public. To see the entire structure of the State Library, please see our organization chart.

Braille and Talking Book Library

The California State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) is a free service which cooperates with the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) to serve residents of Northern California who are unable to read conventional print due to a visual, physical, or organic reading disability (such as dyslexia). Talking (audio) and braille books and magazines, downloadable books and magazines via desktop or mobile app, descriptive videos, and audio playback equipment are available for loan to eligible patrons. The BTBL collection of recreational fiction and nonfiction materials reflects a public library’s collection intended for Northern Californians with print disabilities. In addition to circulating braille and audio items via mail and online, BTBL provides reader advisors and reference services by phone, email, or in-person in our Sacramento Reading Room.

California History Room

The California History Room’s collections strongly demonstrate the state’s illustrious and colorful past. Our collections cover all aspects of life in the state from prehistoric times to the present day and for all fifty-eight counties. In addition to the book collection, there are photographs, maps, manuscripts, diaries, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, post cards, microforms, posters, pamphlets, programs and other materials. While representative in all subject areas relating to California, the collection is particularly strong in the Gold Rush period, Sacramento, San Francisco, the Mother Lode, ethnic studies, mines and mining, genealogy, biography and popular culture.

California Research Bureau

Since 1991, the California Research Bureau has provided independent, nonpartisan, timely and confidential public policy research and analysis to the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. The Research Bureau’s team of librarians and researchers provide 50-state reviews, academic and media summaries, data analysis and visualization, legislative histories, fact checks, access to paywalled articles, and other information services. The Research Bureau also provides two weekly newsletters: Lunch with a Side of Research runs Mondays with a listing of free policy/research lunch events; Studies in the News runs Wednesdays, providing recent studies that may be useful to California policymakers. Legislative and gubernatorial staff can reach the Research Bureau Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, by telephone, (916) 603-7217, or by email, crb@library.ca.gov.

Communications Section

The California State Library’s Communications Section responds to media inquiries and disseminates news and information on the library’s social media sites and press releases. The section also manages the library’s public events and schedules docent-led tours of the historic Library and Courts Building.

Digital Concierge Program

The California State Library’s Digital Concierge Program is a content-creation, digitization, and digital preservation center dedicated to preserving and sharing the collections hidden throughout California state government. Digital Concierge collaborates with state departments to identify and showcase the most culturally significant, sought-after or at-risk parts of their collections and records, in addition to the collections held by the California State Library.

Government Publications Section

The Government Publications Section provides the public with free and open access to government information, providing a single primary location for government documents and information assistance. We are the regional depository of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in California and a full depository for California state government publications distributed under the Library Distribution Act. Our Patent and Trademark Resource Center librarians offer patent search training and information from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Human Resource Services

The California State Library’s Human Resources Services Office (HRSO) provides full-service human resources services for employees and management including consultation in the areas of recruitment, pay and benefits, employee training and development, health and safety, and labor relations. The HRSO also assists individuals interested in fulfilling career opportunities at the California State Library. For more information on internships, volunteer, and career opportunities, visit our Jobs page.

Information Services Section

The Information Services Section provides books and other materials on a wide variety of topics of interest to both state government employees and the general public. Reference and bibliographic materials in all subjects fields except Californiana and the law are available here.

Library Development Services Bureau

The Library Development Services (LDS) Bureau administers state and federal grant programs for California’s libraries, works to enhance library collaboration and resource-sharing, and provides consulting services to public libraries and associated groups and organizations. These activities help to support existing library programs, develop innovative new programs, extend and enhance library services across the state, and gain the greatest benefit from funding sources.

Preservation Section

The Preservation Section is responsible for the conservation, preservation, and digitization of the library’s collections to ensure their continued access and use.

State Librarian’s Office

The Office of the State Librarian handles inquiries about and correspondence to State Librarian Greg Lucas. The office is located in Room 200 of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building at 914 Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

State Library Services Bureau

The State Library Services Bureau is the “operations side” of the California State Library and administers the Braille and Talking Book Library, California History Section, Information Services, Government Publications Section, Witkin State Law Library, and Sutro Library (in San Francisco). The bureau is also responsible for the acquisition, cataloging, maintenance, and preservation of the State Library’s collections.

Sutro Library

The Sutro Library acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare and unique resources for scholarship and education of students, faculty, and independent researchers. With over 90,000 volumes of rare books and 100,000 pamphlets, broadsides, photographs and maps, visitors will find information relevant to all academic disciplines. The Sutro Library also holds one of the largest genealogy collections west of Salt Lake City, allowing patrons to explore their family history and local genealogy.

Witkin State Law Library

The Witkin State Law Library offers an extensive collection of primary and secondary sources with a focus on California law. Primary sources from California’s beginnings aid the Legislature and state agencies in tracing legislative or regulatory histories, and practice guides and court briefs aid lawyers and those proceeding pro se. Our rare and frequently consulted collections include virtually all California legislation dating back to 1867, superseded California Codes, and the California Code of Regulations Supplement and Notice Register. Extending beyond California, we have materials relating to other states, federal legislation, and even historical and international law.