Root Cellar's Library

Root Cellar's Library consists of over 6,000 books and periodicals and now has a searchable catalog available on the Online Catalog page of this website. With this feature, users may search by the Subject (census, court records, etc.), Placename (England & Wales, Alameda County, California, etc.) or the Title, Author or Call Number. Other options of the catalog include an alphabetized list in PDF format that may be viewed and/or printed and a graphical list of all available search categories. Both options are available by the click of a button.



New books added in January 2017
New books added in January 2017
Printed copy of Root Cellar's Coroner's Inquest publication
Printed copy of Root Cellar's Coroner's Inquest pulication
A video tour of Root Cellar's Library conducted by Sammie Hudgens on Dec. 14, 2015. Press the triangle play button in the center of the window. There may be a one or two minute delay before it starts (time required to download from YouTube). Duration: 14 minutes.

The Library was profiled in the Vol 36, No. 1 (Feb. 2014) issue of ROOT CELLAR PRESERVES which can be found on this website. New additions to the Library are listed in each issue of PRESERVES.

Root Cellar's Library is located in the same building as the
California State Archives and the California Museum
1020 O Street, Sacramento, California
.... at the corner of 10th and "O" Streets.
Open hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm Mondays through Fridays; closed on holidays


View Map for Archives location

If you are driving:

  • From the west: Business–80 (Capital City Freeway) to I–5 north. Take "Q" Street exit to 10th Street then left.
  • From the east: Business–80 (Capital City Freeway) to the 10th Street exit and right on 10th Street.
  • From the south: I–5 north to "Q" Street exit. Proceed east on "Q", then left on 10th Street. Or from Highway 99 take Business–80   west to San Francisco exit. Proceed to the 10th Street exit and right on 10th Street.
  • From the north: I–5 south to "Q" Street exit. Proceed east on "Q", then left on 10th Street. 
Several parking garages are located nearby on both 10th and 11th Streets between "O" and "P" Streets; limited metered parking is also available.
On Light Rail:
  •  Exit at Archives Plaza. Eastbound stops right in front of the Archives, while westbound stops one block east.
Use the Museum entrance.   All researchers are required to show photo identification at the security desk in the building lobby.
The Root Cellar Library is located on the fourth floor; take the elevator.
     On the 4th floor, sign in at the entrance desk, put your personal belongings in a locker, and enter the Archives Research Room.
The Root Cellar library is at the back, to the right.
Open hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm Mondays to Fridays
When you visit, don't forget to sign the Root Cellar visitor log. Knowing when patrons
use the Library is key to scheduling volunteer Docents and  hours.

State Archives
also has resources
of interest to genealogists!
The California State Archives has many materials of great interest to genealogists and family history researchers. Their holdings include census schedules, county records, mental health records, state military records, prison records, court cases, corporate articles of incorporation, trademarks and professional licensing records.
Click here to display their Family History Resources page.
Volunteers Needed to Serve as Library Docents
We are always looking for a few good people to volunteer for duty at Root Cellar's Library, located in the State Archive Building at 10th & O Streets. The on-duty docents provide assistance to library visitors and protect the collection.
For questions or to volunteer, contact:
Carolee Jones at or (916) 531-6281
Thank you!