Welcome to the library

What you need to know for your next visit
July 15, 2021

We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. You can visit and browse at 21 library locations that are open to the public. We also offer convenient curbside service and computer appointments at most of our locations. You may register for a library card online or visit one of our open locations.
 
We are following the latest California Department of Public Health Guidelines and require all patrons who have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask at all times.
 
For health and safety:

  • Wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated
  • Avoid entering if you have a cough or fever
  • Cover your sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands
  • We may limit occupancy if necessary
 
Which locations are open to the public?
The following 21 locations are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday:
Arcade, Arden-Dimick, Belle Cooledge, Carmichael, Colonial HeightsElk Grove, Fair OaksGalt-Marian O. Lawrence, Isleton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonie Wetzel Courtland, North Highlands-Antelope, North Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, Southgate, South Natomas, Sylvan Oaks, Valley Hi-North Laguna and Walnut Grove.
(The Library Galleria is also open to the public for computer use with or without an appointment.) 

Which locations are not fully open to the public yet?
Central, Del Paso, Franklin, McKinley, North Sacramento-Hagginwood, and Orangevale are not yet open to the public. We hope to welcome the public back soon. In the meantime:
  • Central Library offers curbside service and computer use at the Galleria
  • Ella K. McClatchy offers curbside service
  • Franklin Library offers curbside service
  • McKinley Library offers curbside service and computer use
  • North Sacramento-Hagginwood offers curbside service
Curbside service is available at most locations Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the following exceptions: Isleton, Nonie Wetzel Courtland and Walnut Grove service hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m.

One-hour computer appointments are available at select locations Tuesdays through Saturdays. Schedule an appointment online or call (916) 264-2920.

Ten library locations will distribute to-go Summer Meals to kids 0-18 on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m through August 6. Grab and go meals include meals and snacks for several days for each child present. 
 
Library Open for Browsing  Curbside Service Computer Appointments 24/7 Book Drops
Arcade Yes Yes Yes  Yes
Arden-Dimick Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Belle Cooledge Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Carmichael Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Central No  Yes Yes
at Library Galleria
Yes
Colonial Heights Yes Yes Yes Yes
Del Paso Heights Temporarily closed Yes Temporarily closed Yes
Ella K. McClatchy Temporarily Closed Yes Temporarily Closed Temporarily Closed
Elk Grove Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fair Oaks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Franklin  No Yes No Yes
Galt – Marian O. Lawrence Yes Yes Yes Yes
Isleton Yes Yes Yes Yes
Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes Yes Yes Yes
McKinley  No Yes Yes Yes
Nonie Wetzel Courtland Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Highlands-Antelope Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Natomas Yes Yes Yes Yes
North Sacramento – Hagginwood  No Yes No Yes
Orangevale Closed for renovations Closed for renovations Closed for renovations Closed for renovations
Rancho Cordova Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rio Linda Yes Yes Yes Yes
Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Natomas Yes Yes Yes Yes
Southgate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sylvan Oaks Yes Yes Yes Yes
Valley Hi-North Laguna Yes Yes Yes Yes
Walnut Grove Yes Yes Yes Yes

Are face coverings required?
We require all patrons who have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask at all times in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines. (Unless they are exempt as defined by CDPH.)

What safety measures are in place at the library?
Public health and safety are our priorities. To help protect health and safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19, our staff continue to:
  • Wear face covering at all times and practice social distancing
  • Routinely disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Provide hand-sanitizer and face masks for public use
  • Conduct daily health checks

When will all library locations be fully open?
We hope to fully reopen all library locations soon. Here is the status of the 7 locations that remain closed:

  • Library Galleria is currently open to the public and offers computer use. Two floods in July 2020 caused significant damage to the Central Library that resulted in temporarily moving various internal operations to public floors. This has delayed our public reopening. The City of Sacramento has started repairs and we anticipate the work will be finished later this summer. We hope to welcome the public back into the building by mid-September.
  • Del Paso Heights Library will resume curbside service in mid-July. Free grab and go Summer Meals for kids under 18 will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon through August 6. This location is also being upgraded to create a technology hub that provides more space and room for homework help and computer access. We hope to fully reopen this location in September. The City of Sacramento is planning ADA updates to the parking lot in the fall.
  • Ella K. McClatchy Library will begin curbside service on July 15. Space limitations prevent us from offering in-person services at this time due to social distancing requirements for employees. We hope to have an update on when we can fully reopen this location soon.
  • Franklin Library, one of our busiest libraries, is currently open for curbside service. Now that the school library staff is on break freeing up work space to accommodate social distancing for employee safety, we hope to reopen to the public shortly and have updates to you soon.
  • McKinley Library is currently open for curbside service and computer use. Space limitations prevent us from offering in-person services at this time due to social distancing requirements for employees. We hope to have an update on when we can fully reopen this location soon.
  • North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library is currently offering curbside service. Free grab and go Summer Meals for kids under 18 will be available for pick up on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon through August 6. Space limitations prevent us from offering in-person services at this time due to social distancing requirements for employees. We hope to have an update on when we can fully reopen this location soon.
  • Orangevale Library is wrapping up a year-long expansion, which will double this location’s footprint. A soft opening is planned for August 5 and a grand reopening celebration is scheduled for September 25 at noon.

How do I return items?
Patrons can return library materials by using our book drops.
 
Can I drop off donated materials at the library?
The library is not accepting donations at this time. If you wish to support the library, consider donating materials to Friends of Sacramento Public Library – our official and only fundraising partner. Learn more about their donation guidelines.
 
What services are available?
We look forward to serving you in-person at the library and continue to offer curbside pickup, computer use, and mobile printing. Our Mobile Services team continues to bring the library to various locations throughout our region.
 
We also offer many virtual services including:

What programming is available?
We offer a wide variety of virtual programs for all ages from storytime and book clubs to teen programming and English Conversation Groups. View our calendar of events for details. We have not yet resumed in-person programming.
 
What if I don’t feel comfortable coming into the library?
Please use our curbside service and join us for our virtual programs.
 
How can I support the library during this time?
Thank you for considering a gift to the Friends of the Sacramento Library, our official non-profit partner. The Friends’ mission is to support the Sacramento Public Library as a community resource for all of Sacramento County’s residents.

Additional Library Services

Learn more about additional virtual and in-person services that the library currently offers.

Curbside Service    Computer Appointments    

Virtual Services      Virtual Programs

Personal Shopper    Reading Recommendations