Special Collections

Special Collections Information Regarding COVID-19 Measures

In light of COVID-19 and measures taken to protect the public and our staff, Sonoma State University Library Special Collections is closed through the spring semester. This includes in-person reference, research appointments, and instruction sessions.

Special Collections staff will continue to offer remote reference support and limited reproduction services support. If you have questions, please contact us at specialcollections@sonoma.edu.

While we are closed, we invite the public to explore our online resources by visiting our North Bay Digital Collections and using our online collections guides.

Special Collections have significant historical value and the items in each collection are worthy of permanent preservation. Books, photographs, personal letters, periodicals, media, and artifacts are included. The emphasis of Special Collections in the Sonoma State University Library is on the history, people, and culture of the North Bay region of California, but some collections cover a wide range of subjects.

Explore our collections

You can explore our digital and print collections by topic, or just browse an A-Z list. 

What are special collections?

Find out more about accessing and using special collections

Make an appointment

Many of our collections can be viewed by appointment only. If you want to use one of our print collections, contact us and make an appointment online.