Sutro Library (San Francisco)

Current Exhibit

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Sutro Library has partnered with Google Arts and Culture to launch an online exhibit of posters from our 2017 Women’s March Collection.

Bay Area Genealogy Calendar

Featured Virtual Event: “Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors” presented by the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society on September 21, 2021. See Calendar for more details.


Informal musings from Sutro Library staff focused on our services and rich collections.

The Sutro Library (the State Library’s San Francisco branch) holds the original collection of Adolph Sutro (1830–1898), California businessman and San Francisco mayor. The library has a large collection of publications and items dating from the 13th to the 21st centuries as well as one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.

Adolph Sutro’s heirs donated his collection to the California State Library in 1913 with the requirement that the collection stay within the city of San Francisco. After operating in various locations for nearly a century, the Sutro Library moved to a permanent home at San Francisco State University in 2012.

Painting of a balding man with white hair, large mutton chop sideburns, and a mustache.

What’s New

José Luis Segura Maldonado is a classical guitarist, professor and researcher born in Mexico City. In this virtual event, he will be performing songs found in the Sutro Library’s Mexican Collection. The event will take place on September 30, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:30pm.

Illustration of a scorpion with a bright red body. Ghoulies, ghosties and long-leggedy beasties! Download and make our spooky coloring book part of your Halloween festivities (PDF).

Illustration of a fish with bright green and blue fins. In honor of our 100th year of serving the people of California, we invite you to color our collections! Download our anniversary coloring book (PDF).

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Contact Us

J. Paul Leonard Library — Sutro Library, Fifth Floor

San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4030

Days & Hours
M–F 10–4, excluding State holidays.



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