Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Public Library: The Essential Connection to a Vibrant Community

Sacramento Public Library


Sacramento Public Library provides ideas, information, and resources to help our community discover, learn, and grow.
A Brief History of the Sacramento Public Library

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.

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.

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.

Key Facts and Figures:

600,000 hours of access to public computers with Internet annually

Fourth largest library system in California, serving a population of over 1.3 million

Joint Power Authority governed by a 15-member board of elected officials

Circulation of over 7.5 million items each year

4.5 million visitors annually

Annual budget of $32 million

28 locations with nearly 450,000 square feet of public space throughout the County of Sacramento, including 19 community rooms

280 staff members

A collection of 2 million volumes, with access to 9 million additional items through the Link+ Service

Over 5,000 free programs for kids, teens, adults, and families each year

870 public computers and laptops

he Tsakopoulos Library Galleria opened in 1992 to provide a premiere event space to downtown Sacramento. In the years since, we’ve hosted hundreds of weddings, dinners, dances, speeches, concerts, political events and more.

We also have two large meetings rooms, a variety of audio/visual equipment, and several different caterers serving a wide variety of cuisine.

We offer an unparalleled combination of style and space. The five-story atrium is designed to maximize the use of both natural and artificial light. The towering glass windows and skylights give the illusion of being outside—without the risk of your wedding being rained out. The main Galleria floor provides a spectacular, extravagant setting for evening events, as you can see in our photo gallery.