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About Us

Located in the Foothills of Northern California, Placer County Library provides free and open access to services, programs, and materials that enrich, inform, empower, and entertain. We are committed to being a valuable source of information and lifelong learning to the residents of our communities.

Library Administration

Placer County Library Administration
350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603
530-886-4550 (Voice)
530-886-4555 (Fax)
library@placer.ca.gov

Mary L. George, Director of Library Services
530-886-4550
mgeorge@placer.ca.gov

JoAnn Collins, Assistant Director of Library Services
530-886-4550
jcollins@placer.ca.gov

Kelly Heikila, Administrative Services Officer
530-886-4550
kheikila@placer.ca.gov

Library Strategic Plan

The Placer County Library Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors on December 10, 2013.

Download the full document: Library Strategic Plan

Library Advisory Board

The Placer County Library Advisory Board shall advise and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Placer County Director of Library Services concerning policies and procedures for the operation of the County Free Library System effective 11/16/93. The LAB also provides advisement to the NorthNet Library System.  

The Board Contact is:

  • Michael Otten
    10140 Snowy Owl Way
    Auburn, CA 95603
    530-888-7837

The County Contact is:

  • Mary L. George, Director of Library Services
    530-886-4550
    350 Nevada Street
    Auburn, CA 95603
    mgeorge@placer.ca.gov 

The next Library Advisory Board meeting will take place:

  • Wednesday, September 17 2014
  • 10:00 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.
  • Foresthill Library: 24580 Main St. Foresthill, CA.
  • For additional information, please contact Library Administration: 530-886-4550

The Placer County Library Advisory Board supports the following American Library Association core values

Some Library History

During the early 1900’s, Placer County residents were served by three independent city libraries in Auburn, Lincoln and Roseville. All these library facilities were built by funds from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, which supported the construction of many public libraries in California and throughout the nation.

In 1909, the Legislature of the State of California passed the County Free Library Law and ushered in an exciting era in the development of library services throughout the state. Due primarily to the volunteer efforts of Mrs. K.D. Robinson, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of a County Library system in 1937.

The new County Library was headquartered in the basement of the Auburn Public Library, where it shared space with the Auburn City Council and Chief of Police. Branches and stations (deposit collections in homes, stores, etc.) were established in various parts of the county, and some schools joined the system. The system grew and by 1949, it required larger accommodations. In 1958, County Library headquarters moved to the Shepard Square Building on High Street in Auburn.

In 1967, the Auburn Public Library and the Placer County Library were consolidated to create the Auburn-Placer County Library. This merger made possible a new library building supported by Federal library construction grant funds. Prior to moving into the current library facility on Nevada Street in Auburn, the library was temporarily located at Palm Center and later at the Dewitt Center.

Read each branch's story

Take a trip into the past. Visit Placer County of the 1880s. See the historic & digitized "Placer County California. Its Resources and Advantages." (A Region Little Advertised, but Full of Merit.)

 

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