Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Current Exhibit

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our physical exhibits are on hold. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured Virtual Event: Sutro Library's "Finding your Hispanic Heritage: An Introduction" on October 9th and the Stanford Historical Society's "Revealing History: Voices from the Stanford Oral History Collections" on October 29th. See Calendar for more details.


Informal musings from Sutro Library staff focused 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.

Painting of a balding man with white hair, large mutton chop sideburns, and a mustache.

What's New

Illustration of a scorpion with a bright red body. Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties! Download and make our spooky coloring book part of your Halloween festivities (PDF).

Illustration of a fish with bright green and blue fins. 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).

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Contact Us

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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