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

Beating the heat with 10 Books to Read

August 30, 2018

This month's list is full of books set on the seaside

Program offers free meals to kids during summer

July 18, 2018

Fox 40 reports on the goal of this year's summer meal program

I Street Press: A vehicle for Sacramento authors

July 16, 2018

380 authors have published their work at the Library

New titles to add to your reading list this summer

July 13, 2018

Library swag available for avid readers

7-year-old launches YouTube career

July 12, 2018

Zaidan Hoover reports from the Library with Mark S Allen

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