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The Fresno County Public Library provides books, ebooks, music, movies, magazines, newspapers, and services through its Central Resource Library and its 32 branches throughout Fresno County, California.

The library is part of the San Joaquin Valley Library System (SLVLS); a cooperative network of 9 public library jurisdictions in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera,Mariposa and Tulare.The Fresno County Public Library provides free access to library services and materials to enhance the quality of lives and further lifelong learning through books, DVDs, CDs, technology, programs, and services that inform, enlighten and entertain people of all ages.

FCPL offers wireless Internet access at 3 of its branches (Fowler, Mendota, and Auberry) but none of these branches are near the city of Fresno.

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Library Web pages

Fresno County Library Home Page

Spanish Home Page

Children’s Page

Teen's Page

California History and Genealogy Room

History of the Library

The Fresno County Public Library was founded in 1910 and housed at that time in the Fresno City Library building, which had been constructed in 1904 with a $30,000 donation from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Subsequent gifts provided Carnegie libraries in Selma, Clovis and Sanger between 1906 and 1916.
Miss Sarah E. McCardle was the first County Librarian, developing the library into the then second largest county library in the state with 54 branches, 152 elementary and high school libraries and a circulation of 748,553 volumes. In 1917, the two organizations merged and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors became the governing body for the County Library system, with 12 communities, initially designated to have county branches. By the late 1950s, the first Carnegie library building had outgrown its original quarters and the time had come to replace it with a new Central Library. The present-day Central Library in downtown Fresno opened on April 13, 1959 and today serves as the Headquarters for the Fresno County Public Library and its 32 branch libraries, the Literacy Center, Senior Resource Center, the Talking Book Library for the Blind and the California History and Genealogy room with a budget of more than $24.7-million.

Collection Size

All Fresno County Public Library branches combined contain approximately:

• 1,112,241 books

• 1,903 current periodical subscriptions

• 1,091,254 government publications

• 55,953 video materials

• 96,263 audio materials

Programs and Services

The Library offers Fresno County residents a wealth of information and materials, free of charge, in a variety of formats and languages. In addition to a diverse collection of books and journals and magazines, Library services include:

Fowler Teen Action Group

Literacy Tutoring Families for Literacy Program
Adult Programs Grandparents/Grandreaders Program
Pre-School, Children and Teen Programs Children and Teen Summer Reading Programs
Outreach to Schools California History & Genealogy Room at the Central Library
Doris Gates Children’s Room at the Central Library Dial-A-Story
Talking Book Library for the Blind Community Bookmobile
Daycare Bookmobile Aprendovan Literacy Bookmobile
Community Meeting Rooms Study Rooms
Online Library Catalog Interlibrary Loan
Public Internet Computers at Every Location Free Computer Classes
Electronic Homework Resources Electronic Databases
Professional Library Collection Government Documents Repository
Recordings Audio Cassettes and Music CDs
DVDs, Videocassettes and Films Reference Assistance
Live Homework Help Ask a Librarian
Business Resources Career Development
Services to Seniors Touchtone Service for the Deaf/Persons with Hearing Impairments

Support Groups

Friends of the Fresno County Library

Branch Friends

Fowler Teen Action Group (FTAG)

Branches

Auberry Laton
Bear Mountain Literacy Service Center
Big Creek Mendota
Caruthers Mosqueda
Cedar Clinton Orange Cove
Central Parlier
California History & Genealogy Room Piedra
Community Bookmobile Pinedale
Clovis Politi
Doris Gates Room Reedley
Easton Riverdale
Fig Garden San Joaquin
Firebaugh Sanger
Fowler Selma
Gillis Senior Resource Center Library
Ivy Center Shaver Lake
Kingsburg Sunnyside
Kerman Talking Book Library for the Blind
Tranquility Woodward Park
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