If the local catalog doesn't have the item you want, it may be available through interlibrary loan. Fill out this form to request items that are not in the catalog. The interlibrary loan department will search for the books and handle the requests. Interlibrary loan is a labor-intensive service and the interlibrary loan department is small. Allow about 5 weeks to receive the items you request.
Sutro Library/California State Library
Sutro Library is the genealogy branch of the California State Library. Sutro's collection includes census microfilms and genealogy books which patrons may request. Contact your local library for more information. The California State Library headquarters in Sacramento owns microfilms of many California newspapers, which can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.