Santa Cruz Public Libraries'

Community Information Database

General Agency Information
Name:Downtown Branch Library
Alternate Name(s):Central Branch Library
Address:224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-427-7707
 Use California Relay: Yes
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Description:Provides library materials and services to all county residents, including information services, children's services, and services to the home-bound. The library circulates books, periodicals, compact discs, audio books (cassettes & cds), dvds, large print books, and paperbacks.

Fine/Overdue Book Information: 831-427-7707
Genealogical Collection: 831-427-7707 ext. 5794
Telephone Reference: 831-427-7713
Young People's Room: 831-427-7707 ext. 5720

ELIGIBILITY: Residents of Santa Cruz County. Adults must show photo ID, proof of address needed or card will be mailed.

FEES: $.15 per page for photocopying and internet printing.
Programs:Toddler Storytime
Fridays 10:30-11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for toddlers 1-3 years, a 20-25 minute program. 427-7707 x5720

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays 10:30-11:15am
Stories, songs, and activities for 3-5 year olds. A 30-40 minute program.
427-7707 x5720

Homework Help During the School Year
Free homework assistance in Young People's Room on 2nd floor. Bilingual assistance available. No appointment is necessary. Open to students grades 12 and under. Check website for updated information.

Tales to Tails
Every Saturday 10:00-11:30am
Trained therapy dogs will be available at the Library to be attentive, non-judgmental reading partners for children reading aloud. Children have individual 20-minute time slots to sit with a dog and read.

Public Internet Access - Adults
15 internet terminals with one hour time limit; printing is $.15 per page

Teen Self Help Collection

Test Proctoring - Closed Book
Closed book tests at the Central Branch are proctored by Youth Services staff.
Contact: Youth Services Staff (831-427-7713 x5720)
Test Proctoring - Online Exams and Open Book
Contact: Reference Supervisor (831-427-7713)

Text Enlarger
No reservations are required, but you must know how to use the equipment. Please contact Pam Downing to set up an appointment for instruction and to verify the capabilities of the equipment.

Wireless Internet Access

Word Processing - Adults
Two PCs are available for use during all open hours. The PCs have Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--but no internet access. Patrons can sign in for a two hour session on the PC (there is no reservation system). Work may be saved to the patrons own thumb drive or floppy diskette.

Homework Centers:
9 terminals with one hour time limit
Internet access, word processing, educational games, headphones. Limited to ages 18 and under. First 10 pages printed free (K-12 homework only), $.15 per page thereafter.

Microfilm Readers

The Central Library Book Discussion Group meets monthly. Copies of each month's book are available at the library. For more information contact Barbara Snider at 427-7716.
Meets: Third Thursday of every month from 1-2pm

Check online calendar for details about activities.
Facilities:A meeting room is available for use by not-for-profit community organizations on a first-come, first served reservation basis. All meetings must be open to the general public, the maximum occupancy limit is 75. The charge for use is $20.00-25.00 per hour. Call 427-7707 for booking.
Languages other than English:American Sign Language
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz
Related Agencies
Parent Agency:Santa Cruz Public Libraries, a City/County Library System
Subject Headings
 Book Downloads
Book Loan
Children's Library Services
Electronic Information Resources
Facilities/Community Centers
Government Agencies
Information Services
Library Services
Literary Societies/Book Reading Clubs
Outreach Programs
Tax Forms
Videotape/DVD Collections
Volunteer Opportunities
This record last modified January 24, 2014