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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.

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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Quick Access to California K-12 Online Content during the COVID-19 Crisis

ProQuest research databases, the TeachingBooks literacy service and online content from Encyclopaedia Britannica are available to every Californian from this website until August to support educator training and planning.

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Gavin Newsom

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.