Santa Barbara Public Library Increases Access to Central Library, Plus Storm Assistance

By the Santa Barbara City Public Library

The City of Santa Barbara’s construction projects at Central Library at 40 E. Anapamu St., have progressed to the point that will allow individuals to access the upper level beginning Tuesday, January 24. 

Patrons will have full access to the nonfiction, graphic novels, and young adult collections as well as the microfilm machine and local history archives. Public computers are available for library cardholders on the upper level. Printing from public computers as well as personal wireless devices has also been restored.

View the Library’s calendar for complete details on classes and events.

Santa Barbara Public Library has modified operations to maximize public access to the facilities, collections, and services during construction. Three simultaneous projects began in July 2022, including the renovation of the Library Plaza, the construction of a new accessible elevator in the center of the Library, and a new modern staff workspace on the Lower Level. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2023.

Santa Barbara Public Library is a department of the City of Santa Barbara. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

Free In-Person Storm Recovery Assistance Available at the Library

In-person assistance is available through the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Community Connections  program, which offers appointments for one-on-one assistance with navigating community resources and social services. Adult Education staff and the Library’s contracted social services support worker can answer questions and make referrals. This free service is available in English and Spanish. Appointments can be made by calling (805) 962-7653 or by visiting either Central Library or Eastside Library

The City has a list of resources on its website at to answer commonly asked questions. The County of Santa Barbara has also established a virtual Local Assistance Center at 

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