California Periodicals

Do you need a construction magazine from the fifties? How about a highway patrol magazine? With over 4,000 titles, our collection is perfect for your research! We have rarities such as Hutchings California Magazine, The Wasp, Overland Monthly, and Mining & Scientific Press, but many common publications too. You can see all of our titles in our catalog and many individually indexed articles in the California Information File II. If you have any questions about this collection, please feel free to contact us.

More Periodical Resources

Not finding what you need? Don't give up! We have many other resources for serials including indexes, online periodicals and newspapers. What's more, if we don't have it another library section might. Just drop us a line and we will try to connect you with the appropriate resource.


We are thrilled that you want to borrow our items! We loan our circulating periodicals directly to current state employees and indirectly to the general public via interlibrary loan. If you have any questions about borrowing our materials, please feel free to contact us.

Remote Access

You can use many of our periodicals remotely by placing an interlibrary loan at your local library, viewing digitized copies or placing copy orders for magazine articles less than 20 pages in length. If you have any questions about these access options, please contact us.


We provide access to digital book-scanners during your visit, that allow you to email or save scans of most of our periodicals to a flash-drive free of charge. If you need paper copies, we have a coin-operated copy-machine. Each print-out costs 15 cents. We also permit no-flash photography of our rare periodicals.

  Periodicals News

Magazine cover featuring an illustration of a man with white hair, dressed in red, staring out at the viewer, with text: The Western Comrade. Black and white photo of a train steaming through a railway cut. Photo of a stack of several editions of California Magazine. The cover illustration is of a valley with sparse pine trees.