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California COVID Diaries

The California State Library is working with local libraries to collect COVID-19 stories from across the state. We invite you to share your experience — so that we can preserve these memories for future Californians.

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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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CAL@170

CAL@170 is a collection of 170 stories celebrating California’s 170 years of statehood. The aim is to offer examples of California’s unique character and that of its residents, past and present. That means among the good there will be some bad. For every success story, there’s a failure, a tragedy, an injustice. It’s from these mistakes that we learn and grow stronger together.

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Gavin Newsom

California Governor

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Greg Lucas

California State Librarian

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California Public Library Statistics

138M+

library visits

251,481

children's programs

7.9M+

children's program attendance

256M+

total collection use

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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.