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Susan Nemitz, Library Director
Administration Headquarters
117 Union St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Santa Cruz County Library

Santa Cruz Public Library

The Santa Cruz City County Library System is the public library for cities of Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Scotts Valley. It also serves all the unincorporated areas of the County. The Library operates ten branches located from LaSelva Beach to Boulder Creek, a bookmobile, and it has outreach services for both children and seniors.

Serving County residents since 1917, the mission of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries is to provide materials and services which help community residents meet their personal, educational, cultural, and professional information needs.

The Santa Cruz City County Library System operates under the authority of a Library Joint Powers Board, which administers sales and property tax funds collected County-wide. The City of Santa Cruz provides some administrative services to the Library System. Therefore, all Library workers are officially employees of the City, and the Director of Libraries is a City Department Head. However, the Library operates independently of the City Council. Its Board makes the legislative decisions for the Library.

The Library's Website has more information about services, programs, and policies as well as links to branch libraries, local history, and research sites.

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