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Insider Article [March 2014] [03/04/13] (Member Spotlight: California State Library)
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Spotlight: California State Library Grand Reopening

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Acting State Librarian Gerry Maginnity speaking at the Grand Reopening Ceremony.
State Library Foundation members George Basye and Tom Vinson sing the state song, “I Love You, California.”
 The newly renovated Circulation Room with statue by Edward Field Stanford, Jr. and original chandelier…with snake!

On February 11, the California State Library celebrated its return to the historic Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Acting State Librarian Gerry Maginnity and attended by over 130 people. Three former State Librarians, Gary Strong, Susan Hildreth and Stacey Aldrich,  returned for the occasion and entertained the audience with memories of their time in the Library and Courts Building. California’s Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, read a poem composed for the occasion, and State Library Foundation members George Basye and Tom Vinson sang the state song, “I Love You, California.” 

Built in 1928, the building is considered one of the state’s finest examples of neoclassical design. After four years of extensive renovation, the building has been restored to its original grandeur.The ceremony was followed by a week of presentations showcasing the library’s many collections and services. Gary Kurutz,  Special Collections Librarian Emeritus,  gave a talk on some of the rare and valuable items in the State Library’s collection. Other presentations included the library’s outreach efforts to veterans, resources for genealogists and researchers of historical buildings, and a Valentine’s Day presentation on the unlikely relationship between government documents and love. 

CLA congratulates the State Library on its Grand Reopening! CLA is a proud partner of the California State Library, with whom we work closely on library legislative concerns, programming, and professional development. Look out for the California State Library and its programs and activities at the 2014 annual CLA conference in Oakland, November 7-9. Be The Change!

Guided tours of the building can be scheduled at

Visit the California State Library site for a virtual tour of the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.


Photos credit: Vincent Beiderbecke, California State Library.