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(831) 427-7706 (main)

1868 as the Library Association
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free, with membership

The Santa Cruz Public Library system serves Santa Cruz County and outlying areas. Residents of Santa Cruz county may obtain a library card at no cost and borrow materials for varying lengths of time, with many items available for renewal. The Watsonville/Freedom Libraries, the Soquel Porter Memorial Library, and the Ben Lomond Library are not part of the Santa Cruz Public Library system.







Interesting features of the SCPL include:

  • Genealogy database
  • Downloadable audio books from the library website
  • Reading programs and groups
  • Printable sheet music database
  • Book discussion groups
  • Storytelling
  • Homework help at all branches
  • Chess clubs for children and teens
  • Summer reading programs



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​Photos are in the public domain, courtesy of John Pilge.

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