Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Current Exhibit

Caricature in politics and culture: Our new exhibit focuses on caricature and satire in society. From Hogarth to Gillray to Punch magazine to France’s Dampier, illustrated satire captures, reflects, and relates ideas, provoking a critical eye towards politics and culture. It is also one of the ways in which society can convey their pleasure in, or ridicule of, the powerful. Exhibit runs June 2024 through the end of August 2024.

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured Event: “Free Historic Walking Tour: Half Moon Bay” presented by the San Mateo County History Museum, on Saturday, July 18th at 2:00 pm. See Calendar for more details.

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

Photo of a Polynesian woman against a background of pink flowers. Missed our latest virtual event? Watch the recording of the presentation about Polynesian genealogy on our YouTube channel!

New online resource! Search the holdings for the Sutro Library’s telephone directories on microfiche covering the 1970s – 2000s through our new database!

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).

Featured Video

Contact Us

J. Paul Leonard Library — Sutro Library, Fifth Floor

San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

Days & Hours
Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Some materials require advance notice to view. Make an appointment

Do you have a reference question? Use our Ask A Librarian service, which directs your inquiry to a California State Library staff member.