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Central Library's Kid's Area (Lower Level) will be closed from Nov. 1 - Jan. 5 for refurbishment. We can't wait to see you and your kids in the New Year!

The Central Library is the largest of the 28 libraries in the Sacramento Public Library System. We are located downtown near parking and public transportation. The original 1917 Carnegie building was greatly expanded in 1992 and includes kids’ and teens’ spaces, a Friends of the Library sale area, and rentable meeting rooms.

The Central Library has an extensive collection of materials on Sacramento history, newspaper archives, genealogy (courtesy of the Genealogical Association of Sacramento), a passport application service and materials for students and job seekers. We also house the I Street Press, for writers who want to self-publish their work.

View our events on a printable monthly calendar.

Branch Amenities

  • 160,000 sq ft location
  • First floor book sale
  • Additional Amenities: Computer with JAWS® screen reader

Book Drop:

Next to the J street library entrance and on 8th street

Quiet Areas & Study Rooms:

  • Fourth floor quiet area
  • Meeting Room:

    Book a meeting room


    • 288,000
    • College and Career Center; Genealogy Collection; World Languages

    Computing & Workstations:

    Reserve a computer
    • 43 Internet & MS Workstations
    • 1 Early Learning Workstations
    • 26 Online Catalog Workstations
    • Computer with JAWS® screen reader
    • Photocopier/Printer
    • WiFi

    Upcoming Events


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