Sacramento Public Library


Sacramento Public Library is the essential resource for our communities.


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

Election info provided at the Library

October 5, 2018

Do you have info about the upcoming elections? See how the Library can help.

10 Books to Read this fall

October 3, 2018

Keeping the gloom at bay with your imagination

Waiting to be told

September 21, 2018

The story of Sacramento's first councilwoman, Luella Johnston

Page 137 and the enduring spirit of Jack Voss

September 20, 2018

World War II and Sacramento coming soon to the Library

Central Library celebrates 100 years

September 20, 2018

Over 200 library lovers packed the Sacramento Room earlier this year to celebrate 100 years of Central Library’s historic Carnegie building.

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