The California State Library gathers, safeguards, creates and disperses a wide cluster of data. It was established in 1850 by the California State Legislature. Today, it is the focal reference and examination library for state government and the Legislature. The California State Library prompts, talks with and gives specialized help to California's public libraries. It guides state and government assets to help nearby open libraries and statewide library programs, including Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awards.