About Us

The Lavender Library is a lending library and archive housing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) books and magazines, various media, and archival materials. It is an integral part of the Sacramento cultural community and it is open to the general public. The Lavender Library serves patrons in the greater Sacramento Valley and Northern California. It is a 501 (c)(3) Independent California nonprofit public-benefit corporation. It is a designated United Way recipient agency.

Collection

Our circulating collection is broken into nonfiction and fiction. Our nonfiction section includes travel, trivia, history, pre-history, archeology, anthropology, sociology, community, movements, government/politics, economics, business, technology, education, psychology/health, nature, philosophy, religion, culture, and leisure. Our fiction section includes poetry, plays, short stories, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, detective, action and adventure, humor, and erotica.

History

The Lavender Library was founded by seven community members in 1998 as a research and information institution for Sacramento’s LGBTQI community.

Mission

The Lavender Library collects, maintains, preserves, and circulates materials to patrons in a safe and friendly environment. The library promotes the understanding to sexual diversity, and collects and preserves the community’s history, writing, and memorabilia, by documenting for future generations the people, places, and events of Sacramento through its archival program.

Programs

The Lavender Library provides a variety of cultural and educational programs:

  • Displays and exhibits
  • Participant in community events
  • Author speaking events
  • Book discussion group
  • Free WiFi service
  • Meeting space for groups and organizations