Fresno County Public Library
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Fresno County Public Library's main library is in Downtown Fresno.
|Location||Fresno, California, United States|
The Fresno County Public Library provides books, ebooks, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, and services through its Central Resource Library and its 34 branches throughout Fresno County, California. The library system is headquartered in Fresno.
The library is part of the San Joaquin Valley Library System (SJVLS); a cooperative network of 10 public library jurisdictions in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera,Mariposa, Merced. and Tulare. The Fresno County Public Library provides free access to library services and materials to enhance the quality of lives and further lifelong learning through books, DVDs, CDs, technology, programs, and services that inform, enlighten and entertain people of all ages.
FCPL offers wireless Internet access at 12 of its branches (Cedar-Clinton, Clovis, Central, Fig Garden, Fowler, Gillis, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, Leo Politi, Reedley and Woodward Park).
History of the Library
The Fresno County Public Library was founded in 1910 and housed at that time in the Fresno City Library building, which had been constructed in 1904 with a $30,000 donation from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Subsequent gifts provided Carnegie libraries in Selma, Clovis and Sanger between 1906 and 1916.
Miss Sarah E. McCardle was the first County Librarian, developing the library into the then second largest county library in the state with 54 branches, 152 elementary and high school libraries and a circulation of 748,553 volumes. In 1917, the two organizations merged and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors became the governing body for the County Library system, with 12 communities, initially designated to have county branches.
By the late 1950s, the first Carnegie library building had outgrown its original quarters and the time had come to replace it with a new Central Library.
The present-day Central Library in downtown Fresno opened on April 13, 1959 and today serves as the Headquarters for the Fresno County Public Library and its 32 branch libraries, plus the Literacy Center, Senior Resource Center, the Talking Book Library for the Blind and the California History and Genealogy room with a budget of more than $24.7-million.
All Fresno County Public Library branches combined contain approximately:
- 1,112,241 books
- 1,903 current periodical subscriptions
- 1,091,254 government publications
- 55,953 video materials
- 96,263 audio materials
Programs and Services
The Library offers Fresno County residents a wealth of information and materials, free of charge, in a variety of formats and languages. In addition to a diverse collection of books, ebooks, magazines, movies and video games, there are also a variety of Library programs.
Central and Regional Services:
- Central Library (Fresno)
- California History & Genealogy Room
- Meeting Room Reservations
- Literacy Services Center (Fresno)
- Senior Resource Center Library (Fresno)
- Talking Book Library for the Blind (Fresno)
- Cedar-Clinton Branch Library (Fresno)
- Clovis Regional Library (Clovis)
- Fig Garden Regional Library (Fresno)
- Gillis Branch Library (Fresno)
- Leo Politi Branch Library (Fresno)
- Mosqueda Center Branch Library (Fresno)
- Pinedale Branch Library (Pinedale, Fresno)
- Sunnyside Regional Library (Fresno)
- West Fresno Branch Library (Fresno)
- Woodward Park Regional Library (Fresno)
- Bear Mountain Branch Library (Squaw Valley, Unincorporated area)
- Fowler Branch Library (Fowler)
- Kingsburg Branch Library (Kingsburg)
- Orange Cove Branch Library (Orange Cove)
- Parlier Branch Library (Parlier)
- Piedra Branch Library (Unincorporated area)
- Reedley Branch Library (Reedley)
- Sanger Branch Library (Sanger)
- Selma Branch Library (Selma)
- Auberry Branch Library (Auberry, Unincorporated area)
- Big Creek Branch Library (Big Creek, Unincorporated area)
- Shaver Lake Branch Library (Shaver Lake, Unincorporated area)
- Caruthers Branch Library (Caruthers)
- Easton Branch Library (Easton)
- Firebaugh Branch Library (Firebaugh)
- Kerman Branch Library (Kerman)
- Laton Branch Library (Laton)
- Mendota Branch Library (Mendota)
- Riverdale Branch Library (Riverdale)
- San Joaquin Branch Library (San Joaquin)
- Tranquillity Branch Library (Tranquillity)
- Fresno County Library Home Page
- Children’s Page
- Teen's Page
- Homework Help site
- California History and Genealogy Room