Fresno County Public Library

Fresno County Public Library

The Fresno County Public Library provides books, ebooks, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, and services through its Central Resource Library and its 32 branches throughout Fresno County, California.

The library is part of the [ San Joaquin Valley Library System (SLVLS)] ; a cooperative network of 9 public library jurisdictions in the counties of Fresno, [ Kern] , [ Kings] , [ Madera] , [ Mariposa] 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 3 of its branches (Fowler, Mendota, and Auberry) but none of these branches are near the city of Fresno.

Library Web pages

[ Fresno County Library Home Page]

[ Spanish Home Page]

[ Children’s Page]

[ Teen's Page]

[ California History and Geneaology Room]

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, 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.

Collection Size

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 and journals and magazines, Library services include:

Literacy TutoringFamilies for Literacy Program
Adult ProgramsGrandparents/Grandreaders Program
Pre-School, Children and Teen ProgramsChildren and Teen Summer Reading Programs
Outreach to SchoolsCalifornia History & Genealogy Room at the Central Library
Doris Gates Children’s Room at the Central LibraryDial-A-Story
Talking Book Library for the BlindCommunity Bookmobile
Daycare BookmobileAprendovan Literacy Bookmobile
Community Meeting RoomsStudy Rooms
Online Library CatalogInterlibrary Loan
Public Internet Computers at Every LocationFree Computer Classes
Electronic Homework ResourcesElectronic Databases
Professional Library CollectionGovernment Documents Repository
RecordingsAudio Cassettes and Music CDs
DVDs, Videocassettes and FilmsReference Assistance
Live Homework Help Ask a Librarian
Business ResourcesCareer Development
Services to SeniorsTouchtone Service for the Deaf/Persons with Hearing Impairments

upport Groups

[ Friends of the Fresno County Library] [ Branch Friends]


[ Auberry] [ Laton]

[ Bear Mountain] [ Literacy Service Center]

[ Big Creek] [ Mendota]
[ Caruthers] [ Mosqueda]

[ Cedar Clinton] [ Orange Cove]

[ Central] [ Parlier]

[ California History & Genealogy Room] [ Piedra]

[ Community Bookmobile] [ Pinedale]

[ Clovis] [ Politi]

[ Doris Gates Room] [ Reedley]

[ Easton] [ Riverdale]

[ Fig Garden] [ San Joaquin]

[ Firebaugh] [ Sanger]

[ Fowler] [ Selma]

[ Gillis] [ Senior Resource Center Library]

[ Ivy Center] [ Shaver Lake]

[ Kingsburg] [ Sunnyside]

[ Kerman] [ Talking Book Library for the Blind]

[ Tranquility] [ Woodward Park]

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