State Librarian of California
Library and Courts Building I
914 Capitol Mall, Room 220
Sacramento, CA 95814
Contact: Dr. Kevin Starr, State Librarian
State Information and Reference Center
The California State Library is charged with performing the following activities as defined by law. The State Library, under the direction and control of the State Librarian, an appointee of the Governor, has responsibility:
To collect, preserve, generate and disseminate a wide array of information;
To serve as the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature;
To advise, consult with, and provide technical assistance to and outreach programs for California's public libraries;
To direct state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and;
To develop automation systems to improve resource sharing and access to information.
The State Library is California's public research library that helps a diverse people, their governments and their libraries meet their knowledge and information needs.
By the 21st century, the California State Library will be universally recognized as the most dynamic state library in the nation. This recognition will arise from a number of factors: the excellence of its collection; its philosophy and practice of efficient service to state government, its primary client, as well as to the libraries, library networks and the general public; its advocacy and support of appropriate technology; its effective statewide leadership in library development; and its care for the heritage of California and the continuing well-being of Californians. Most importantly -- and supporting all these efforts -- the California State Library will be known for the expertise and esprit de corps of its staff, committed to the highest ideals of library and information service.