Sacramento Public Library

Vision

Sacramento Public Library: The Essential Connection to a Vibrant Community


Mission

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.


Latest News

Library of Things

September 29, 2014

Submit your ideas and vote on what will be in the Library of Things.

Personalized reading recommendations

September 29, 2014

Tell us what you like to read and our staff of experts will email 5 book recommendations just for you.

Book Den Warehouse sale Oct. 4 & 11

September 28, 2014

Join the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library to access the members-only preview sale on Oct. 3.

Oct. 11: Pirate Scavenger Hunt

September 26, 2014

Sail across Midtown from McKinley to McClatchy, finding clues and collecting treasure.

From the Director: October 2014

September 26, 2014

Election Day is Nov. 4; Library offers several polling places and ballot drop-off sites.


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