Discover a World of Knowledge with the Roseville Rock Rollers

Located in our Lapidary Shop, the Library is a treasure trove of resources for anyone interested in geology, mineralogy, and the lapidary arts. Managed by our dedicated Librarian, the library offers a vast collection of books, magazines, and multimedia materials to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the earth sciences.

Resources and Materials

Our library collection includes:

  • Books

    Extensive volumes on geology, mineralogy, fossils, gemstones, and more.

  • Magazines

    Current and past issues of popular geology and lapidary magazines.

  • DVDs & Videos

    Educational and instructional materials covering a wide range of topics.

  • Field Guides

    Valuable tools for planning your next field trip or rockhounding adventure.

  • Borrowing Materials

    Members can check out books, magazines, and other materials during monthly meetings or by contacting our Librarian.

  • Research Assistance

    Need help finding specific information or resources? Our Librarian is available to assist with research queries.

  • Recommendations

    Not sure what to read next? Get personalized recommendations based on your interests and current projects.

  • Borrowing Period

    Materials can be borrowed for a period of one month, with the possibility of renewal.

  • Check-Out Procedure

    Members must fill out the check-out form with their name, contact information, and the titles they are borrowing.

  • Donations

    We welcome donations of books, magazines, and other relevant materials to enhance our collection.

Librarian's Bookshelf

Our Librarian has compiled a partial list of our library materials, organized by category. Society members can browse the list to find specific titles or explore new areas of interest. For a complete list of our library materials, please contact our Librarian.

Collapsible content

Rock, Minerals, and Gems

Arem, Joel  Rocks & Minerals. The Ridge press, Inc., New York, NY, 1973.  

Austin, Gordon  An Overview of Production of Specific U.S. Gemstones. United States Bureau of Mines, 1995.

Australian Lapidary Magazine. May 1966.

Blackburn, William  Principles of Mineralogy. William C. Brown Publishers, Iowa, 1988.

Broman, M. G. Blue Gold, The Turquoise Story. Main Street Press, Anaheim, CA, 1976.  

Bruton, Eric Diamonds. 2nd Edition. Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA, 1978.  

Castor, Stephen B. & Ferdock, Gregory C. Minerals of Nevada. Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, University of Nevada Press, Reno, NV. Special Publication 31, 2004.  

Child, John  Australian Rocks and Minerals.  1964. 

Dana, Edward Salisbury Minerals and How to Study Them. 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY, 1963.  

Dana, Edward Salisbury A Textbook of Mineralogy. 4th Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY, 1966.  

De Michele, Vicenzo Crystals. Crescent Book Series, Orbis Publishing Ltd., London, 1973.

Downie, Major William  Hunting for Gold.  1971.  

English, George L. Getting Acquainted with Minerals. 2nd Edition, revised by David E. Jenson. McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, NY, 1958.  

Farndon, John The Complete Guide to Rocks & Minerals. Hermes House, Anness Publishing Ltd., London, 2006.  

Fejer, Eva &  Fitzsimmons, Cecelia An Instant Guide to Rocks & Minerals. Random House, New York, NY, 1988.  

Fenton, Carroll & Fenton, Mildred The Rock Book.  Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1940.  

Fenton, Carroll & Fenton, Mildred Rocks and Their Stories. Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1951.  

Fleischer, Michael 1971 Glossary of Mineral Species. U.S. Geological Survey, July 1, 1971.  

Fleischer, Michael 1975 Glossary of Mineral Species. U.S. Geological Survey, Mineralogical Record, Inc., Bowie, MD, 1975.

Gold Rush Country  Guide to California’s Mother Lode & Northern Mines.  1961.  

Greenbaum, Walter W. The Gemstone Identifier. Arco Publishing, Inc., New York, NY, 1983.  

Hall, Cally Gemstones. Dorling Kindersley, Ltd., London, 1994.  

Hey, Max. H. An Index of Mineral Species & Varieties, Arranged Chemically. Dept. of Mineralogy, British Museum of Natural History, London, 1962.  

Hemrick, Gerold The Handbook of Jade. GemBooks, Mentone, CA, 1966.  

John, Prospector  Gold Panning with Prospector John.  1971 

Jones, Robert Jr.  Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin, NJ Nature’s Hidden Rainbows. (2 copies) Ultra-Violet Products, Inc., California, 1964.

Leechrnan, Frank The Opal Book. Ure Smith Pty Limited, Sydney, NSW, London, Horwitz Group Books, 1968.  

Lowry, Joe Dan & Lowry, Joe P. Turquoise Unearthed. Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson, AZ, 2002.

Lucas, Randolph The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mineral & Rocks. Octopus Books Ltd., London, 1977.

Macfall, Russell  Gem Hunter’s Guide.  1946.

MacLachlan, Don  Rocks, Gems & Minerals. Peterson Publishing, California, 1968.

Morgan, Edwin  Gold Finding Secrets.  1966.  

Mottana, Annibale, Crespi, Rodolfo & Libario, Giuseppe Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals. "A Fireside Book."  Simon & Schuster, Inc., New York, NY, 1978.  

Murdoch, Joseph Minerals of California. Calif. Division of Mines and Geology, Bulletin 189, 1966.

Parker, Sybil P. Ed. Dictionary of Geology and Mineralogy. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 1997.  

Pearl, Richard M. Gems, Minerals, Crystals & Ores. A Collector's Encyclopedia, Golden Press, Inc., New York, NY, 1977.  

Pearl, Richard M.  How to Know the Minerals and Rocks. The New American Library, New York, 1955.

Pough, Frederick H. A Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals. The Peterson Field Guide Series. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, MA, 1960.  

Pough, Frederick  A Field Guild to Rocks and Minerals.  1976.

Robertson, Walter J.  Gold Panning for Profit.  Eighth Edition.

Robins, Bill An A - Z of Gems & Jewelry. Arco Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1982.  

Sanborn, William  Handbook of Crystal and Mineral Collecting.  1966. 

Schneider, Stuart  Collecting Fluorescent Minerals. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., PA, 2004.

Schumann, Walter Gemstones of the World. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1979.  

Shea, Neil  National Geographic (11-08) Crystal Palace, Mexico. National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., 2008. 

Sinkankas, John Mineralogy. (2 copies) Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, NY, 1964.  

Sinkankas, John Standard Catalog of Gems. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, NY, 1968.

Spencer, Leonard J. The World's Minerals. Frederick A Stokes Co., New York, NY, 1916.  

Swatsenbarg, Betty  San Diego Co. Gem-Bearing Pegmatites  1976.  (In a Binder)  

Tanner, Hans Rocks, Gems & Minerals. Peterson Publishing Co., Los Angeles, CA, 1970.  

Ward, Fred  Opals. Gem Book Publishers, MD, 2000.

Webster, Robert The Gemologists' Compendium. N.A.G. Press Limited, London, 1967.  

White, John Sampson Minerals and Gems, The Smithsonian Treasury. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1991.  

Withington, Charles (USGS)  Building Stones of Our Nation’s Capital.


Alt, David D. & Hyndman, Donald W. Roadside Geology of Northern California. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, MT, 10th print., 1988. 

Bailey, Edgar H., Editor Geology of Northern California. Bulletin 190, California Division of Mines & Geology, San Francisco, CA, 1966.  

Ekman, Leonard C. Scenic Geology of the Pacific Northwest. Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, OR, 2nd Ed., 1965.  

Flint, Richard Glacial and Quaternary Geology. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1971. 

Gilluly, James; Waters, Aaron; Woodford, A.O.  Principles of  Geology.  1951.

Hamblin, Kenneth  The Earth’s Dynamic Systems.  1978.  

Morgan, Susan Geologic Tours of Northern Utah. Utah Geological Survey, Utah, 1990.

Newman, William L.  Geologic Time. U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado, 2000.

Parker, Ronald  Recent Volcanism at Amboy Crater.  1963.

Rapport, Samuel & Wright, Helen The Crust of the Earth: An Introduction to Geology. Signet Science Library Book, The New American Library of World Literature, Inc., New York, NY, 4th print., 1962.  

Walker, A.S. (USGS)  Deserts: Geology and Resources.

Wyckoff, Jerome Geology - Our Changing Earth through the Ages. The Golden Press, Inc., New York, NY, 1967.  

U.S. Dept. of the Interior/Geological Survey, Publications of general interest. U.S. Gov. Printing Office.

            Griscom, Sarah B. Marine Geology: Research Beneath the Sea. 1990 - 271-929.  

            Pakiser, Louis C. Earthquakes. 1990 - 273-042:QL  

            Schulz, Sandra S. & Wallace, Robert E. The San Andreas Fault. 1990 - 272-602:QL 3  

            Tilling, Robert I. Volcanoes. 1991 - 286-320


Ball, H.W.  The Prehistoric Age. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, 1983.

Benton, Michael  The Rise of the Mammals. Crescent Books, New York, 1991.

Bishop, A.C., Woolley, A.R. & Hamilton, W.R. Cambridge Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 1999.  

Busbey III, Arthur B., Coenraads, Robert R., Willis, Paul & Roots, David The Nature Company Guides to Rocks & Fossils. Kyodo Printing Co., Singapore, 1996.  

Camp, Charles L. Child of the Rocks - The Story of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. Nevada Natural History Assoc.: Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 1981.  

Casanova, Richard An Illustrated Guide to Fossil Collecting. Naturegraph Publishers, Healdsburg, CA, 1970. 

Edwards, Lucy and Pojets, John Jr. USGS  Fossils, Rocks and Time.  

Graham, Joseph J. An Annotated Bibliography of California Cretaceous Microfossils. Special Report 66, California Division of Mines, San Francisco, CA, 1961.  

Kirkaldy, J.F. Fossils in Colour. Blandfor Press Ltd., Fletcher & Son, Ltd., Norwich, U.K., 1980.  

Herbst, Jung, et. al. Petrified Forests. D'Oro-Verlag, Germany, 1996.  

Matthews, William H. Fossils - An Introduction to Prehistoric Life. Barnes & Noble Books, Inc., New York, NY, 1962.  

Moore, Raymond C., Lalicker, Cecil G., & Fischer, Alfred G. Invertebrate Fossils. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, NY, 1952.  

Moore, Ruth Audubon - The Record in the Rocks. National Audubon Society, New York, NY, Volume 73, Number 1, pgs 13-29, January 1971.  

Page, Virginia M. How to Identify Fossil Wood. Gems & Minerals Handbook, Stanford University.

Pinna, Giovanni  The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fossils. Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1990.

Roach, Jan  Mystery Predator of the Cambrian 2007.

Romer, Alfred Sherwood Vertebrate Paleontology. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, 1967.  

Sinnott, Edmund W., Consulting Editor An Introduction to Paleobotany. McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, NY, 1947.  

Storer, Tracy  Sierra Nevada Natural History. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1963.

Walker, Cyril  Fossils. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 1992.

Wexo, John Bonnett, Editor Fossils Magazine. Wexo Publishing, Co., San Diego, CA, Vol. 1, Issue 1, May, 1976.

Field Trips

Abbot, A.L. Gem Trails in California. 1972. Library of Congress Catalog Card # 78-187288.  

Brown, Vinson & Allan, David Rocks & Minerals of California & Their Stories. Naturegraph Company, San Martin, CA, & Globe Printing Co., San Jose, CA, 1957.

Brown, Vinson & Allan, David Rocks & Minerals of California. 2nd Rev. Naturegraph Publishers, Healdsburg, CA, 1964.  

Johnson, H. Cyril Western Gem Hunters Atlas. Cy Johnson & Son, Book Distributors, Susanville, CA. 20 Edition, 1986.  

Leiper, Hugh, Editor The Agates of North America. The Lapidary Journal, Publisher, San Diego, CA, 1966.  

MacFall, Russell P. Gem Hunter's Guide. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, NY, 1963.  

MacFall, Russell P., Editor Wyoming Jade, A Pioneer Hunter's Story.  The Lapidary Journal, Publisher, San Diego, CA, 1980.  

Nicolay, H. H. & Stone, A. V. Rocks & Minerals, A Guide for Collectors of the Eastern United States. A.S. Barnes & Co., Inc., Cranbury, NJ, 1967.  

Pearl, Richard M. Successful Mineral Collecting & Prospecting. Bonanza Books, NY, Crown Publishers, 1961.  

Sinkankas, John Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals. Geoscience Press, Tucson, AZ, 1988.

Strong, Mary Frances Desert Gem Trails. GemBooks, Mentone, CA, 1966.

Lapidary Arts

Aldred, Cyril Jewels of the Pharoahs. Ballantine Books, New York, NY, 1978.  

Ammen, C. W. Lost Wax Investment Casting. Tab Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, 1977.  

Barnett, Frank Opal & How to Work It. Gemcraft Publications Pty., Ltd., East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, 1981.   

Carlson, Raymond, Editor Emeritus; Stacey, Joseph, Editor Arizona Highways, Turquoise Attitude. Arizona Highway Dept., Phoenix, AZ, January 1974, Vol. XLX, No. 1.  

Choate, Sharr Creative Casting. Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1967.  

Choate, Sharr Creative Gold & Silversmithing. Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1970.

Cox, Jack  Advanced Cabochon Cutting.  1971.

Cox, Jack  Cabochon Cutting.  1970.

Dake, Dr. H. C.  The Art of Gem Cutting. 1954.

Eakin, Jamie Cloud   Beading With Cabochons.  2005.

Furrell, Alfred W. Techniques of Decorating with Mother of Pearl. East-West Handicrafts, San Diego, CA, 1969.  

Garrison, William E. & Dowd, Merle E. Handcrafting Jewelry - Designs & Techniques. Henry Regenery Co., Chicago, IL, 1972.  

Giacomini, Afton   Trophy Winning Facets Cuts.  1973. 

Ginnett, Elsie B. Making Your Own Rings & Other Things Working with Silver. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1975.  

Gonsalves, Alyson Smith Jewelry You Can Make. A Sunset Book. Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA, 1975.  

Hart, Steve  Modern Rock Tumbling. (2 copies) Little Red Store, Oroville, CA, 2008.

Hemard, Larry Creative Jewelry Making Techniques for Craftsmen. Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1975.   

Hoffman, Douglas L. Comprehensive Gem Diagrams. Aurora Lapidary Books, Spokane, WA, 1967.  

Hewitt, Jema Complete Beading, Jewelry & Accessories. PRC Publishing, London W 10 6SP, 2004.  

Hoffman, Douglas L. Comprehensive Faceting Instructions. Aurora Lapidary Books, Spokane, WA, 1968.  

Jenkins, Fran & Thrasher, Viola How to Make Wire Jewelry, "Simple but Elegant". EMAC books, Gemac Corp., Mentone, CA, 1979.  

Kennedy, Gordon S. The Fundamentals of Gemstone Carving. (2 copies) Lapidary Journal, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1977.  

Kraus, Pansy D. Introduction to Lapidary. Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA, 1987.  

Kronquist, Emil F. Metalcraft & Jewelry. The Manual Arts Press, Peoria, IL, 1925.  

Lee, Jerry Making Wood & Stone Jewelry. Taplinger Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1978.  

Leiper, Hugh Gem Cutting Shop Helps. Lapidary Journal, Inc., San Diego, CA, 1964.  

McCreight, Tim  The Complete Metalsmith. Davis Publications, Inc., Massachusetts, 1991.

Meilach, Dona Z. Ethnic Jewelry. Crown Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1981.  

Montgomery, George E. How to Set Gemstones in Jewelry. (2 copies) EMAC books, Gemac Corp., Mentone, CA, 1979.  

O’Brien, Dan  How to Cut Gems.  1953. 

Quick, Lelande & Leiper, Hugh Gemcraft: How to Cut and Polish Gemstones. 2nd Ed. Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA 1977.  

Riggle, Arthur How to Use Diamond Abrasives to Cut Gemstones. Gem Guide Book Co., Baldwin Park, CA, 1987.

Rose, Augustus F. & Cirino, Antonio Jewelry Making and Design. 4th Rev. Ed. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1967.

Sheridan, Michael  How to Polish Rocks and Gems.  1958.  

Sinkankas, Johm Gem Cutting, A Lapidary's Manual. 2nd Edition, 2 copies. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, NY, 1962.

Sopcak, James  Lost Wax or Investment Casting.  1968.  

Soukup, Edward J. Facet Cutters' Handbook. GemBooks, Mentone, CA, 1962.  

Soukup, Edward J. Jewelry Making for Beginners, The Scroll Wire Method. GemBooks, Mentone, CA, 1973.

Speckels, Milton Complete Guide to Micromounts.  1965.

Vargas, Glenn & Martha Faceting for Amateurs. 2nd Ed. Desert Printing Co., Indio, CA 1977.

Victors  Gem Tumbling & Baroque Jewelry Making  1962.  

Von Neuman, Robert The Design & Creation of Jewelry. Chilton Books, Philadelphia, PA, 1967.  

Wald, Robert Introduction to Jewelry Casting. Association Press, New York, NY, 1975.  

Wertz, Ed & Leola The Handbook of Gemstone Carving.  GemBooks, Mentone, CA, 1968.

Children Books

Aliki  Digging up Dinosaurs.  1981.

Anderson, Alan, Diehn, Gwen & Krautwurst, Terry Geology Crafts for Kids. Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY, 1988.  

Brandenberg, Aliki  Fossils Tell of Long Ago. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 1990. 

Edwards, Lucy and Pojets, John Jr. USGS  Fossils, Rocks and Time.    

Evert, Laura  Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads. Northwood Press, Minnesota, 2002.

Gans, Roma  Rock  Collecting.  1984.  

John, Prospector  Gold Panning with Prospector John.  1971.

Morgan, Ben Rock & Fossil Hunter. DK Publishing, New York, NY, 2005.  

Olson, Donald Earth’s Treasures. Kids Books, Inc., Canada, 1996.

Parker, Steven Rocks & Minerals. DK Publishing, New York, NY, 1997.  

Shuttlesworth, Dorothy The Story of Rocks. Garden City Books, Garden City, NY, 1956.  

Symes, Dr. R.F. & Harding, Dr. R.R. Crystal & Gem. DK Publishing, New York, NY, 2004.  

A GOLDEN GUIDE. Book Series. Golden Press, Western Publishing Company, Inc., Racine, WI.

            Abbott, R. Tucker Seashells of the World. (1962)  

            Adams, George F. & Wyckoff, Jerome Landforms. (1971)  

            Dodge, Natt N. & Zim, Herbert S. The Southwest. (1955)  

            Rhodes, Frank H.T. Geology. (1972)  

            Rhodes, Frank H.T., Zim, Herbert S. & Shaffer, Paul R. Fossils. (1962)  

            Zim, Herbert S. & Shaffer, Paul R. Rocks & Minerals. (1957)

Video Tapes

Alaska - Video Travels. (cc made by private individual)  

Channel Setting Diamonds. by Robert Wooding. (cc made by private individual)  

The Emigrant Trail - From Independence, MO, to Sacramento, CA. (cc made by private individual)  

Gem Mining - Franklin, North Carolina. Cowee Valley, Search for Rubies & Sapphires, 1994.  

Gemstones of America. (cc made by private individual)  

The Grand Canyon National Park. "Bird's-eye" view from helicopter, 1988. (includes fold-out of geological events.)  

The Grand Canyon & the North Rim, and Bryce-Zion National Parks. (cc made by private individual)  

Herkimer Diamond Prospecting. (cc made by private individual)  

Mesa Verde National Park. (cc made by private individual)  

Meteorites, Parts I & II. (cc made by private individual)  

Nature - The Volcano Watchers. (cc made by private individual)  

Otters in Yellowstone. (cc made by private individual)  

Planet Earth - Gifts From the Earth. (cc made by private individual, #5 in series)  

Rafting Through the Grand Canyon. (cc made by private individual)  

Sheri's Beading for Beginners. (cc made by private individual)  

Sunken Treasures of Lake Tahoe. (no info)


ROCK & GEM, Miller Magazines, Inc., Ventura, CA.

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  • 2003 - Jan.-Oct., Dec. (missing November)
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  • 2006 - 2010 January to (current)
  • 2005 - Jan.-June, Oct.-Dec. (missing July, Aug., Sept.)
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Contact Information

For more information about our library, borrowing policies, or to make a donation, please reach out to our Librarian:

Librarian / Historian

Karla Shannon