The Santa Maria Public Library system provides library services to 155,338 people in northern Santa Barbara County at the Main Library, and separate branches located in Cuyama, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, and Orcutt. Santa Barbara County has contracted with the City of Santa Maria to provide library services to nearby County libraries continuously since 1961.
General Information: (805) 925-0994
Administration: (805) 925-0994 extension 8561
Bookmobile: (805) 925-0994 extension 8657 or email the Bookmobile Desk
Circulation: (805) 925-0994 extension 8563
Reference: (805) 925-0994 extension 8562 or email the Reference Desk
Youth Services: (805) 925-0994 extension 8564 or email the Youth Services Desk
Spanish: (805) 925-0994 extension 8565
The mission of the Santa Maria Public Library is to inspire literacy and lifelong learning, embracing and strengthening our diverse community through free and equitable access to information, knowledge, and services.
Through sharing knowledge we build a better community.
2021-22 Goals and Objectives
- Develop, design, and implement the new Aspen Discovery layer for the Integrated Library System (public library catalog) in cooperation with Black Gold member libraries.
- Reassess and evaluate Library hours, comparing pre- and post-pandemic service levels, and using a survey instrument to determine how to best expand hours to meet community needs.
- Coordinate with the Finance Department and conduct an independent audit of the Library branch program to ensure branch costs are accurately reported and in compliance with adopted Agreement for Operation of a Countywide Library System.
- Develop a series of measurable information literacy programs for teens and adults, as part of the Smart City/Safe City initiative, designed to inform and heighten public awareness and skill level at evaluating and assessing online information accuracy.
- Expand bookmobile and outreach service with Measure U funding, as available, to attract new Library users, and provide measurable support to vulnerable populations, children and families by bringing resources directly to them at established gathering places throughout the community.
- Support local small business development and entrepreneurship by partnering with organizations that support and mentor small business development to determine the needs of small businesses in the community and offer a speaker series on topics that address those needs.
- Support the Smart City initiative by reinforcing the Library’s role as a technology hub for the community, offering a minimum of eight technology-based classes about e-materials, databases, and computing.
- Create and implement a Safe Space zone for youth and teens at the Main Library, in partnership with the Recreation and Parks Department.
- Grow and maintain diverse, current collections of youth and adult materials by securing and implementing grants of $10,000 to supplement City funding.
- Develop at least two new community partnerships with organizations serving children and vulnerable populations to promote and produce a measurable increase in the use of Library resources and services.