Message for Temporary Closure of the CGS Library and Publications Sales Desk
In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, the California Geological Survey Library and Publications Sales Desk have temporarily suspended operations.
While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to being responsive and following the California Governor’s policy to help slow the spread of the virus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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How to order CGS publications
Library Normal Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
The Library is closed on Fridays.
Library Location and Contact Information
Physical Location: 801 K Street, 14th Floor, Sacramento, California
Mailing Address: 715 P Street, MS 1902, Sacramento, CA 95814-3532, USA
About the CGS Library
Under several different names, the California Geological Survey Library has been in existence since 1880 and has developed into an extensive collection of scientific and technical materials on Earthquakes, Engineering Geology, Environmental Geology, Geology of California, Geomorphology, Groundwater, Hydrogeology, Landslides, Mapping, Mined Land Reclamation, Mineral Resources, Mining, Seismology, Soil Mineralogy, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Water Resources and Volcanology. The Library is a designated State Earth Science Information Center (ESIC), under an agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey, tasked to respond to requests for earth science information.
The CGS Library has over 100,000 books, reports, maps, photographs, U.S. Geological Survey publications, and
periodicals, in addition to our core collection of
CGS Publications, including those no longer available for purchase. The CGS Library is open to the public for reference and research; materials may be borrowed through interlibrary loan only.
CGS Publications may also be viewed at our main Library, at
our San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles offices and at the following libraries:
- California State Library
- California State Universities, Chico, Long Beach, San Diego
- Fresno County Public Library
- Los Angeles Public Library
- San Diego Public Library
- San Francisco Public Library
- Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara.