The SDSU Library is more than just a place to do research, check out books, and relax between classes. Below are just a few interesting facts about us that you may not know:

We are a repository for campus artwork, both old and new. Two of the campus depression-era murals (painted by art students in the mid-1930s) have been relocated and installed on walls in the library’s Reference Services area. These murals illustrate scenes found in the San Diego area during that time period: “NRA Packages” shows men unloading National Recovery Act crates from a truck in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood. “San Diego Industry” features scenes from the once-vibrant tuna canning industry. We are planning for at least one more mural–the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mural”–to be installed in the library. The SDSU Library also proudly display student works that won the yearly Presidential Purchase Award. A number of works hanging on the library’s walls were created by current and former SDSU faculty.


NRA Packages Mural
Pop Up Concert We happily serve as one of the venues for the campus-wide arts initiative. Patrons can catch a pop-up concert or dance or theatre performance on Tuesday and/or Friday afternoons.


The SDSU Library’s Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) has one of the largest sheet music collections in California: The Vince Meades Popular American Sheet Music Collection. SCUA also has an impressive collection of original artwork, ephemera, and 1st edition books by illustrator Edward Gorey. The library also has Edward Gorey’s personal library. SCUA has exciting science fiction collections, including the recent donation of the Edward Marsh Science Fiction Collection, and a growing comics and graphic novel collection. Sheet Music
Civil Rights Oral Histories  

The library has been very active in recording and collecting oral histories. Some of these oral history collections include the “Comic-Con Kids project,” which is recording the founders and early participants in San Diego’s famous Comic-Con International. “Creating Community: African Americans in San Diego” includes interviews with local Civil Rights activists. “Raising Our Voices” is a selection of several hundred oral histories and recordings that document the history of San Diego State and San Diego.


We have a Comic Arts Committee that annually participates in poster presentations at Comic-Con International, as well as organizing comics and graphic novel exhibits, films, and lectures in the library. The committee also presents at and records sessions of San Diego Comic Fest, a relatively new comics event organized by one of the original founders of Comic-Con.


We invite you to explore our Website, visit Special Collections, and attend the readings, exhibits, and other special events we sponsor throughout the semester!