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California State Library

Sacramento, CA
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Lovely place to wander the "stacks" and take in the gorgeous murals.

Beautiful interior and exterior and the Supreme Court Chambers are in the building and are fabulous... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2017
Sacramento, California
Great visit to the library for genealogy research

We visited the library to gather information on relatives that lived in California during the gold... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2016
Austin, Texas
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Founded in 1850 to provide research materials for government officials, this library is today available for public use and houses a collection of unique documents on the state's history.
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

Beautiful interior and exterior and the Supreme Court Chambers are in the building and are fabulous if you can enter them to look around

Thank sabbaticalplanner958
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We visited the library to gather information on relatives that lived in California during the gold rush. We viewed a variety of different records on microfiche, books, photographs and computer links. The staff was very helpful in providing us with all of these different resources....More

Thank travel4funRA
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Library staff are so helpful and the collection has considerable information on California history and pioneers. Well worth your time if you are researching your genealogy in California.

Thank AK2Mom
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Located in a couple of buildings, the most impressive is the one colocated with the Courts. It's architecture is an adaptation of classic Greek architecture style popular in the 1920s. You can schedule a tour (go to the California State Library's web site for info),...More

Thank GPToak
Reviewed 10 August 2016

I've been able to make an appointment to take my class to view their wonderful collection historic California photographs. What an amazing resource right here in Sacramento. The staff is extremely knowledgable and accommodatiing when we've taken a field trip there. To see the collection,...More

Thank kayokayo
Reviewed 16 July 2016

We were there trying to locate any printed information on a family member. Unfortunately, didn't find much but it was not for lack of effort on the part of the library staff. We really appreciated their kindness and willingness to help in our quest.

Thank MontereyGirl47
Reviewed 18 May 2016

California has so much history and this is a great place to review it for yourself and your history, along with the states.

Thank mazbarth
Reviewed 11 February 2016

A wonderful tour within a beautiful building. Recommend going on the website to schedule a tour with a docent.

Thank LoganTame
Reviewed 25 October 2015

The California State Library was recently renovated and should be called the California State Library and Courts Building. The decor is beautiful and contains may murals and other works of art. It is a working library and court house for the State Appalet court.

Thank IWJwinefrog
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Take a tour of the library that way you will see everything that isn't open to everyone and not miss anything that is open. There are several floors to visit with different displays on the floors and books that you may look at. They tell...More

Thank 627ruthannh
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