Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Sutro Library

Current Exhibit

War in the Archives

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured event: Victorian Days Walking Tours in various cities throughout San Mateo County continue this month. Sponsored by the San Mateo County Historical Association.


Informal and occasional musings from Sutro Library staff focusing on our services and rich collections.

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.

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.

Adolph Sutro


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.


J. Paul Leonard Library – Sutro Library, Fifth Floor

San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

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