Sutro Library (San Francisco)
Images of Mexico: From the Aztecs to the Republic
Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
Featured event: Ghosts of Gold Mountain - The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad on Saturday, May 25th at 2pm presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Informal and occasional musings from Sutro Library staff focusing on our services and rich collections.
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.
Winter is Here! Attend our Game of Thrones Pop Up exhibit on April 10th from 12:30-2 pm for a walk through Westeros.
Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties! Download and make our spooky coloring book part of your Halloween festivities (PDF).
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).
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