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Cultural Collections Protection Survey

All California archives, libraries, museums, historical societies and tribal nations with cultural collections are invited to take the Cultural Collections Protection Survey. The goal of this survey is to collect data on the nature and condition of California’s culturally significant assets. The results will help educate decision-makers about the value of investing in the state’s arts and cultural heritage.

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COVID-19 Guidance for Re-opening Libraries

Guidance for the re-opening of California libraries for in-person services including currently published library re-opening plans, related public health research, feedback from library directors across the state, and guidance published by the State of California for industries that share like issues.

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California Governor

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Greg Lucas

California State Librarian


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Welcome to the California State Library

Find out about the California State Library and the services it offers and its amazing collections.