California State Library

The State Library, older than the state itself, began with several books donated on December 22, 1849 by Colonel J.D. Stevenson. Colonel Stevenson presented the books to the State Legislature in San Jose to establish a state library. California was admitted to the Union on September 9, 1850 becoming the 31st state in the Nation.

The Library was located in different locations before finding its permanent home in the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building, which was completed in 1928. Recent renovations of the building have brought it back to its original splendor.

Tours are available by appointment between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For tours 916-653-1440 or

Monday - Friday

8 am - 5 pm

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Free Admission

Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building 914 Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA