Book Arts & Special Collections

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The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center houses important research collections on printing history, calligraphy and lettering, wit and humor, little magazines and zines, early children’s books, and several smaller collections. Some materials have not been fully catalogued: patrons are encouraged to consult with librarians about their research needs.The Center also 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. For further information about collections and services please contact us at (415) 557-4560 or

Book Arts & Special Collections Gallery


More About the Collections & Programs

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 or

Further Information

Upcoming Events

Zine Picnic
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12:00 pm
Main Library, 6 Floor Terrace
The Book is Not a .pdf with Irma Boom
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Thinking Captions Reading
Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B

More related events

Current Exhibits

HBC47: Hand Bookbinders of California
Through Sunday, September 1, 2019
Main Library, Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area
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