The jewel in the crown of Central Library.
The Sacramento Room is where we collect and preserve Sacramento’s history thanks to an endowment managed by the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. Our special collections are housed in the original reference room of the 1918 Carnegie City Library at Central Library.
- Discover the city’s rich history with a diverse set of collections
- Work with certified archivists for in-depth analysis to satisfy your curiosity or finish a project
- Search digitized history without stepping foot downtown
A simple set of rules has been implemented to research the room. Review the rules
and learn about photocopy and digital scan procedures.
Full and open access to digital images of photographs, periodicals, ephemera, yearbooks and directories.
Books, periodicals, maps, ephemera, postcards and photographs documenting more than 150 years of Sacramento County’s social, cultural, religious and political history.
Rare books that have been removed from general circulation over the years for preservation purposes, but are of continuing value and interest. This collection contains first editions, items with notable illustrations, and many volumes that have been part of the Library collection since 1879.
Records of enduring value, including architectural blueprints, accession books, reports, scrapbooks, photographs, book catalogs, policies and procedures and public relations material chronicling Library history back to 1857.
Digital Sanborn Maps
Research local history with city plans and maps dating from 1867-1970.
Encompasses the history of the state with emphasis on Northern California. The collection features in-depth county histories, biographies of prominent figures in all aspects of California history, and information on the natural, cultural and social history of the state.
Printing and Book Arts History Collection
Depicts the history of books, including printing, binding, papermaking, type design and illustration. This collection has many examples of printing by fine presses throughout the world.
Sacramento Area Authors Collection
Includes books published by authors who have close ties to the Sacramento area.
Sacramento Musicians and Songwriters Collection
Includes published recordings by local musicians and sheet music by local composers and lyricists.
File folders containing news clippings and short articles on hundreds of local history topics.