Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Sutro Library

Current Exhibit

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.

Blog

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.

Adolph Sutro

WHAT'S NEW:

A Game of Thrones flyer Winter is Here! Attend our Game of Thrones Pop Up exhibit on April 10th from 12:30-2 pm for a walk through Westeros.

Halloween coloring book Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties! Download and make our spooky coloring book part of your Halloween festivities (PDF).

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).

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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.

Phone
415-469-6100

Email sutro@library.ca.gov

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