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 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 Library Advisory Board (LAB) meets on the third Wednesday of alternating months from 10:00 a.m. to completion (approximately 12:30 p.m.)
The Board Contact is:
- Michael Otten
10140 Snowy Owl Way
Auburn, CA 95603
The County Contact is:
- Mary L. George, Director of Library Services
350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603
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.)
10 Ways to Support Your Library
- Join the Friends of the Library. Friends groups work toward generating community interest in the library's services and facilities.
- Volunteer: Many branch libraries use volunteers for activities such as shelving and cleaning books. Apply to volunteer on Volunteer Match or at a branch convenient to your location.
- Property Tax Supplemental: Residents within the Library's service area can optionally contribute an additional amount to the Library when they pay their property tax.
- Donate Your New or Gently Used Books, DVDs and CDs: The Library reviews donations to find useful items to add to its collection. For materials not needed in the collection many Friends of the Library hold regular book sales to raise funds and help the Library serve the community better.
- Join the Literacy Support Council of Placer County. Visit the PALS page for more information, or go to: https://www.facebook.com/LSCPlacer
- Make a Memorial or Substantial Donation: to celebrate the memory of a loved one, to honor a friend or relative's birthday or other special occasion, or because you have a passion for a particular program or service. Donations to the Placer County Library are tax deductible and can be sent to the Library Administration office or to a specific branch.
- Placer County employees can donate through the annual Combined Giving Campaign.
- Attend an Event: In addition to the Friends of the Library book sales, the Library offers many programs and events for children, teens, and adults.
- Get a Library Card and use the library! Signing up for a card is a vote for library services!
- Tell a Friend: Share your good library experiences with neighbors, family, and friends.
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