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

Rivkah Remarks on the success of numbers

August 31, 2018

A look at Summer Reading and new Library hours

Young Sacramento readers find four-legged listeners at their local library

August 30, 2018

At Carmichael Library, even the dogs come for the stories

8 free online classes to boost your creative know-how

August 30, 2018

Library offers Lynda.com service for everything from photography to game development

Go back to school with 10 Books to Read

August 30, 2018

This month's list offers stories on school's first day and reminds us not to eat our classmates

How the Library finds the titles you explore

August 24, 2018

Plus book recommendations for fall


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