Book Arts & Special Collections

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The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center houses important collections on printing history, calligraphy and lettering, wit and humor, little magazines and zines, early children’s books, and several smaller collections. The Center sponsors a variety of exhibitions and programs on a regular basis.

If you are planning to visit please refer to our Guidelines for Using the Collection. You are invited to sign up for our newsletter and, for future reference, this is our friendly URL:

Book Arts & Special Collections Gallery


More About the Collections

Class Visits and Tours

We welcome class visits and tours of Special Collections. If you are interested in bringing your group to visit, please contact us at least two weeks in advance at 415/557-4560 or Let us know the name of your organization or school, what aspect of the collection would be of interest to your students, how many people in the group, and which days and times you are available to come to the library.

Information For Donors

Gifts and donations are important elements in the development of the collections. Interested donors should contact Book Arts & Special Collections staff for more information: (415) 557-4560.

Upcoming Events

SF Punk Film Series: In the Moment
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
SF Punk Film Series: Target Video
Saturday, December 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
SF Punk Film Series: Turn it Around
Saturday, January 6, 2018, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium

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