Borrowing Library Materials

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The California State Library loans books, magazines, government publications, newspapers on microfilm, and other materials to the public through the interlibrary loan program. Please contact your local public, academic, or workplace library to request an interlibrary loan. Interlibrary Loan departments should review our Interlibrary Loan instructions.

State employees may borrow most materials directly from the California State Library.

Locate Materials

You can locate the author, title, and call number of items in the California State Library collections in the Online Catalogs.

Non-Circulating Items

Rare materials, fragile items, materials in special collections such as photographs and prints, single-copy California State documents, and reference items are not loaned and must be viewed in the Library.

Sutro Library

Visitors to the Sutro Library may borrow selected items if they display a valid driver's license and one other form of identification, complete the required application form, and return borrowed materials to the Sutro Library in person.

Braille and Talking Books

Braille and cassette books, magazines and playback equipment are available for loan to Californians unable to read conventional print due to a visual or physical disability.

In Northern California, contact the Braille and Talking Book Library.

In the City of San Francisco, contact San Francisco Public Library.

In Fresno, Tulare, Madera and Kings Counties, contact Fresno County Public Library.

In Southern California, contact Braille Institute Library.

Contact Us

For information about California State Library services and collections, please contact the Information Services Section, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by telephone: 916-654-0261, or by email: cslinfo@library.ca.gov.