Sacramento Public Library

Vision

Sacramento Public Library is the essential resource for our communities.


Mission

Sacramento Public Library inspires our communities to discover, learn and grow.


A Brief History 

In 1857, some of Sacramento’s leading citizens, including E. B. Crocker, Leland Stanford, and C. P. Huntington, formed the Sacramento Library Association to “provide for the present generation and transmit to posterity ample and increasing means of information and improvement—that it should flourish in years to come and rise to eminence among kindred institutions.”  The association transferred its building and collection over to the City of Sacramento in 1879 and city residents voted to turn the subscription association into a free library.
 
The Sacramento Free Public Library opened on June 14, 1879, with a collection of around 6,000 volumes to serve a city of 21,000.  The city and library flourished and in 1908, the city library system became the first in California to open service to the entire county. Small deposit stations, branches and bookmobiles expanded service to the far reaches of the county over the following decades.
 
Today, Sacramento Public Library is still serving the residents of the greater Sacramento area. Although time and trends have changed the delivery of library services over the last century and a half, the Library has never changed its commitment to providing those services with excellence and professionalism. Today, the Library remains the heart of the community, meeting the needs of its diverse population and responding to ever-changing interests.


Latest News

Overdue for 36 years

June 20, 2018

Good Day Sacramento reports on a surprising return visit to Fair Oaks Library

Two city libraries now open 7 days a week

June 8, 2018

Effort is part of the City of Sacramento’s youth initiative

Library's free lunch program returns for another summer

June 7, 2018

Program runs from June 12 to August 3 for kids 18 and younger

Book clubs leveling up

June 7, 2018

Gamers Book Club set to livestream author visits

Done with Harry Potter? Try these books next

June 3, 2018

When your kids take that last train from Platform 9¾ they may be itching for a new magical adventure


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