Sutro Library (San Francisco)


Fashion exhibit at SutroCome check out our new exhibit, including an actual Sutro Baths' bathing suit! See flyer for more details!

SF mapEvent of the Month: "Who's in Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community" with Linda Harms Okazaki on February 24th at 10am sponsored by the San Mateo Genealogical Society. For more information, check out our Bay Area Genealogy Calendar.

coloring book 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).

womens march The California State Library is mandated to protect and preserve California's rich history and is ideally suited to house this collection of historical and political importance. See our California Women's March Collection.

The Sutro Library (our 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. It also has one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.

Some of the outstanding and rare items in the collection are:

William Shakespeare's First, Second, Third and Fourth folios (1623–1685);

Letters and papers of British explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks (1800s);

The Mexican Collection: materials on Mexican culture, religion and politics (1540–1889);

Belgian mapmaker Pieter van den Keere's World Map (1611).

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 in the city for almost 100 years, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012.

Your assistance in helping the State Library preserve the historic record for future research and educational purposes is greatly appreciated. We welcome material donations that strengthen and complement our historic and genealogical collections. Potential donations are reviewed by Sutro Library staff to determine if the subject matter and format are complementary to our holdings. If you are considering making a gift of materials, please contact the Sutro Library Director at

Due to the high costs of managing physical items, it is our goal to accept physical materials which are highly relevant to our institution’s needs. The Sutro Library may accept materials with the understanding that they may be used for the Library’s collection, sent to other libraries/agencies, or discarded.

The Sutro Library also welcomes donations of monetary funds to support the acquisition, cataloging, and conservation of materials. The California State Library Foundation has established a Sutro Library Fund for those who wish to make a contribution. Monetary gifts to support the Sutro should be sent to:

1225 8th Street, Suite 345
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 447-6331

For information about the Foundation, please visit their web site. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public charity governed by an independent Board of Directors.

Further information

Donations of materials or funds may be tax-deductible but we are unable to provide appraisals of materials. Donors are encouraged to always consult with their tax and/or legal advisors, and tax return preparer, to determine the value of their donation for tax purposes (if desired). Two online publications from the Society of American Archivists offer donation guidance regarding donations may prove useful:

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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