Online Collections

Seated portrait of two men with arms folded across their chests wearing hats.

Our online collections include Exhibits you can visit through this website, and searchable catalogs of historic California art work, prints, documents, and photographs (including some in 3D). The public may access our online resources by visiting the public service locations of the State Library, while state government officials and employees with a State Library Card may access our catalogs remotely.

Poster advertising the Southern Pacific Streamlined Daylight locomotive no. 4410 and passenger cars passing mission bell tower and palm trees on left; mountains in background.

Online Exhibits

We have a range of online exhibits, including on California’s gold rush; artwork from 1870 to 1940 promoting the Golden State; and interactive galleries of each governor and first lady of California.

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Digital Collections

Search nearly 3,000 historical images, government documents and publications by topic, title, publication date or creator.

Old photos of a woman wearing a hat, a soldier in uniform, and rails and a man standing

Picture Catalog

Search through the State Library’s rich collection of historical photographs, prints, drawings and even sheet music.