Keep Our Libraries Strong
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garfield library
Garfield Branch Library
garfield staff
Friendly staff
aptos library
Aptos Branch Library
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Comfortable surroundings
Photos by Jim Bourne
Library Information
The Santa Cruz City/County System operates 10 branches, a bookmobile, and outreach services. Branches are located at:
  • Boulder Creek: 13390 West Park Avenue (420-5319)
  • Felton: 6299 Gushee (420-5339)
  • Scotts Valley: 230 Mount Hermon Road (420-5369)
  • Santa Cruz Ð Garfield Park: 705 Woodrow Avenue (420-6344)
  • Santa Cruz Ð Central: 224 Church Street (420-5700)
  • Santa Cruz Ð Branciforte: 230 Gault Street (420-6330)
  • Live Oak: 2380 Portola Drive (420-5359)
  • Capitola: 2005 Wharf Road (420-5329)
  • Aptos: 7695 Soquel Drive (420-5309)
  • La Selva Beach: 316 Estrella (420-5349)
The Bookmobile serves 30 locations throughout Santa Cruz County, from Summit Road and Davenport to rural Pajaro Valley, including child care centers, mobile home parks, senior residential communities, affordable housing developments, and small schools.
The Watsonville Library System operates 2 branches and outreach services. Branches are located at:
  • Watsonville: Just opened! 275 Main Street (768-3400)
  • Freedom: 2021 Freedom Boulevard (768-3420)
Library Activities
Libraries throughout Santa Cruz County provide a variety of programs and services for residents of all ages. They include:
For Kids and Their Parents
  • Weekly Story Times at every library including a Pajama Story Time at the Scotts Valley Library, Master Story Telling at Boulder Creek, and Baby Laptimes at the Watsonville Library
  • Homework Help at every library
  • ACT/SAT Preparation Help
  • “Together @ The Library” a Program for Parents and Very Young Children at four libraries
  • Aptos Chess Club and Chess Classes at Central
  • Reading Aloud kits for child care centers and families to check out
  • “Raising a Reader” programs at the Watsonville Library
  • Internet Links for kids, teens, and parents
  • Book lists and bibliographies
  • More than 300,000 books and other items for youngsters
  • Staff to help kids and teens at every library
All Ages
  • “We Have Stories to Tell” a family book writing project
  • More than 200 computer work stations for public use
  • Film Programs
  • Poetry Readings
  • Book Discussion Groups at every library
  • Art Displays and Exhibits
  • “Russian at Lunch” at the Branciforte Library
  • “Munching with Mozart” a lunchtime music program at the Central Library
  • Computer Classes
  • “Opportunity to Read,” a literacy program at the Watsonville Library
  • Free access to dozens of specialized databases, newspapers, magazines, and other Information resources
  • The California Agricultural Workers History Center at the Watsonville Library
  • Local history materials including photographs and books
  • Genealogy materials
  • More than 500,000 books, Cds, DVDs, and audio tapes
  • Staff to help people of all ages at every library
For more information and access to on-line library references, visit the Santa Cruz Library web site at
and the Watsonville Library web site at
Library Information