Everyone is welcome to visit the public service locations of the California State Library to access our collections and resources. With a State Library card, California state government officials and employees may also borrow most State Library books, magazines and journals as well as remotely access the Library’s online resources. Members of the general public may request some materials from the State Library through interlibrary lending at their local public library. Rare and fragile materials are not loaned and must be viewed in the State Library.
The California State Library provides the following services and products to its patrons to help connect them to California's past, present and future:
Learn about the rich and extensive collection of audio and braille books available at no cost to eligible readers through about the Braille and Talking Book Library.
A digitization center dedicated to preserving and sharing collections hidden throughout California state government.
With a State Library card, California state government officials and employees may remotely access State Library catalogs and online resources as well as borrow books, magazines, journals and training videos from the State Library. Members and staff of the Legislature and Governor’s Office enjoy access to the California Research Bureau, which provides research and expedited reference help.