Online Exhibits

Circulation Room Gillis Hall Memorial Vestibule Marble Stairs. Looking up. Marble Stairs

Upgrading a Landmark for the Future

In 2009, a team of master architects, engineers, and technology experts began renovation and restoration of the exquisite 1928 Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. The restoration was completed in 2013, bringing the historic building back to its

original splendor while equipping it with the latest technological features. This photographic exhibit documents the story of the building's transformation. Be certain to view the amazing 3D slides that accompany this exhibit.

"California as We Saw It" – Exploring the California Gold Rush

CSL Online Exhibits: Gold Rush Poster

The goal of the exhibit is many fold: provide an overview of the Gold Rush, emphasize the strength of the Library's collection, and incorporate items that will simultaneously delight, surprise, and inform. In creating this exhibit, the varieties and richness of the material proved to be both a joy and challenge.

The Historic Library & Courts Building: An Architectural Treasure

CSL Online Exhibits: Library & Courts Building, 1926

The Library & Courts Building located at 914 Capitol Mall is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in State Government. Its entrance lobby is unsurpassed and the building features three murals and a variety of attractive decorative features. On May 24, 1984, the Library & Courts Building was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

California Calls You: The Art of Promoting the Golden State

CSL Online Exhibits: Sunset Limited. Southern Pacific Poster

These beautiful and colorful booster materials were designed to attract tourists and home seekers to the Golden State. Produced by the thousands, these now rare publications touted California as a land of perpetual spring and boundless opportunity.

Celebrating California Women in STEM fields

CSL Online Exhibits: Women's History Calendar

This weekly online calendar highlights the accomplishments and experiences of women in STEM-related fields in California. The calendar is a joint effort of the State Library, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, and California Department of Education.

Culinary California or California in the Kitchen


From 1870 to 1990 approximately 4,000 books were printed on California food and wine. This astonishing number fully demonstrates that California leads the nation in the culinary arts and the collections of the California State Library reflect this keen interest. This exhibit introduces you to some of amazing cookbooks in the State Library's collection along with a few excerpts and recipes from the books.