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California State Library Building. Interior

Welcome to the California State Library website!

We have redesigned our website to provide you faster and better access to our information and resources. Here are some highlights to the changes we have made to serve you better.

Better Search and Navigation

  • Tabs help you find your way around – We provided tabs across the top of our homepage to help you find your way around the site based on what you want to do.
  • You can quickly find the resources you need as a state employee, a librarian, or a member of the public in the Services area of our home page.
  • Find what you need – Every page has a search box at the top right corner. It is powered by Google.
  • Our Quick Links let you find the most commonly requested information. You'll find our quick links on the left side of our page, so you can easily access what you need

New Ways to Get in Touch

You can still send us an email or give us a call, but the Connect with Us area (near the bottom of the home page), provides you with quick access to our social media links such as Facebook and Twitter. Using our social media links is a great way to stay in touch with the library and all it has to offer.

Website Accessibility

One of the pillars of accessible web design is using defaults and certain design elements that can be adjusted by the end user. This kind of design permits visitors to adjust font size, contrast, and customize other elements to meet their particular viewing needs. Information on some of our special access features and how to work with custom settings are described below.

Alternative Text Tag (ALT Tag)

Screen Readers only read text and are unable to read graphics. When the reader encounters a picture or graphic, the device may only indicate "graphic" and give no further information, unless there is an ALT tag. ALT tags assists users without graphic display terminals, users whose browsers don't support forms, visually impaired users who use speech synthesizers, and those who have configured their graphical user agents not to display images. When the device encounters a graphic, the user will hear a short description of what it is, such as, "picture of person putting on a seat belt", rather than the generic "graphic."

Contrast

High contrast is necessary for many users. Below are guidelines for some common web browsers on how the user can customize their own web browser to better view all web pages.

Internet Explorer

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Internet Options". Under the "General" tab, select "Accessibility". Place a check mark in the box to "Ignore colors specified on Web pages" and select the "OK" box. This will return you to the "General" tab. Select the "Colors" box and un-check the "use Windows colors" box. Use the "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" boxes to select the colors desired (example: white text and black background). Select the "OK" box and then the "OK" box on the "General" tab and the colors should change on the browser.

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Select "Colors". Select colors desired for "Text", "Background", "Unvisited Links", and "Visited Links" (example: white text and black background) and uncheck "Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above". Select the "OK" box, and then the "OK" box again. The colors should change on the browser.

Fonts

The fonts used on this site are a default size, which allows you to make adjustments according to your preference. The following is the easiest way to change the font size for the some common web browsers.

Internet Explorer

Click on the "View" menu. Highlight "Text Size". Default setting will be medium. By changing the settings between largest and smallest; the text displayed on the page will be modified.

Firefox

Select the "Tools" menu. Select "Options". Select the "Content" tab. Change the "Default Font" and "Size" values (for more advanced options, select "Advanced" next to the "Size" value). Select the "OK" box and the fonts should change on the browser.

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