Library Catalog: You might want to check our online catalog before visiting the library and make a list of what things you want to look at when you arrive.
Help: When you come to the library know that a volunteer will be available to answer your questions so don’t hesitate to ask for help or for a tour of the library to help you learn what is where.
Wifi: Yes, we have free wifi access in the library. Ask the Desk Volunteer for the wifi code so you can connect.
Lockers: When you arrive please plan to secure your lunch, bags, etc. in one of our free lockers. Bags or food are not allowed in the library.
Lunch: You can bring a bag lunch and plan to eat in the lunchroom with other members and volunteers or plan to try one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants. You will find a list of eateries within one block on the SHOWCASE OAKLAND page with links to menus. If you bring lunch, feel free to use the refrigerator and/or microwave in the lunch room.
Make Copies: You can make copies in the library for a small (cash only) charge – ask the Desk Volunteer for the current per page rate. It is also OK to take a photo of a book page for no charge. You can save copies of online files onto your flash drive. If you don’t have a flash drive with you, we have them for sale. Check the SHOP to see what else we have for sale in the library.
Daily Use Fee: Non-members pay a $5 daily use fee to use the library facilities including access to our subscription genealogical websites.
Join: Consider joining the California Genealogical Society (CGS). Review what is on the JOIN and the MEMBERS menu items to learn about the many benefits of being a member.
Subscribe: Sign up to receive the free CGS eNews. The eNews is sent out monthly and lists upcoming classes and events.
Read Our Blog: This is where you can read more about upcoming or past events, find links to other genealogy blogs, and much more. You can search for specific topics on our blog or use the index of past posts to find topics of interest.
Suggestions: Before or after your visit if you have an idea for anything related to the library or operation of the society please let us know. Submitting a suggestion there will ensure that it is captured and delivered to the appropriate volunteer.