The Sacramento Public Library has served the people of Sacramento County for more than 150 years. While 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. Sacramento Public Library staff strive every day to exhibit the organizational values of trust, integrity, respect and excellence, whether they are assisting a patron with a reference question, answering questions about electronic resources, vacuuming a community room, leading a toddler story time, checking in and shelving materials, delivering a bin of requested items, recommending a great read or delivering one of the more than 3,900 programs delivered annually. Our over-arching goal is to provide a breadth and depth of programs, services and materials that prepare young children for school, support ongoing student success, and create lifelong learners.
Utilizing the latest technology, the Library bridges the digital divide, providing nearly 600,000 hours of access to digital content annually via 870 public computers and laptops. Sacramento Public Library is the fourth largest library system in California serving more than 1.3M residents in Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. The system is a Joint Powers Authority, governed by a 15-member board comprised of elected officials from each of the member jurisdictions, with representation based on each jurisdiction’s population. The Authority operates 28 libraries including a Central Library in downtown Sacramento, has nearly 300 career staff members, a collection of 2M volumes, and an annual budget of $32M. More than 620,000 residents have a library card and nearly 8 million items are circulated annually. The Library has welcomed more than 4.4M visitors over the last twelve months, and provided nearly 5,000+ free fun, educational and informative programs.