Sacramento Public Library: The Essential Connection to a Vibrant Community
Sacramento Public Library provides ideas, information, and resources to help our community discover, learn, and grow.
Key Facts and Figures
Fourth largest library system in California, serving a population of over 1.3 million
Joint Power Authority governed by a 15-member board of elected officials
Annual budget of $32 million
28 locations with nearly 450,000 square feet of public space throughout the County of Sacramento, including 19 community rooms
280 staff members
A collection of 2 million volumes, with access to 9 million additional items through the Link+ Service
Circulation of over 7.5 million items each year
4.5 million visitors annually
Over 5,000 free programs for kids, teens, adults, and families each year
870 public computers and laptops
600,000 hours of access to public computers with Internet annually
A Brief History of the Sacramento Public Library
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.
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