Central Santa Rosa Library

211 E Street
(707) 308-3020
Contact us

Jessica Hoover
Central Library Manager
(707) 308-3222

All library buildings are closed on holidays.

Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-8pm
Wednesday: 10am-8pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 1-5pm

Returns are accepted daily. We do not charge fines for overdue materials.

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Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board

The Santa Rosa Library Advisory Board advises the Sonoma County Library Commission on issues affecting Santa Rosa branches. If you are interested in serving on a library advisory board, please contact your branch manager.

Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries

The Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries are an all-volunteer group that helps support Santa Rosa libraries.

Piano and Central Music File

The Williams Overture 2 88-key console digital piano at the Central Branch was purchased with the generous support of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation in 2018 and became available for public use in 2019. It is available for reservation.


The library offers free printing during branch visits and a free ePrinting service. If you have documents that need to be printed in black and white and/or color the library will print them for you and have your printed materials waiting for pickup as part of our ePrinting service. The library offers up to $5 of free printing per day.

About Central Santa Rosa Library

From a private library association in Santa Rosa to an integral piece of the countywide library system, the Central branch of the Sonoma County Library has been providing library services to the citizens of Santa Rosa since 1859.

The 14th public library established in the state, the Central library received a grant in 1904 from the Carnegie Foundation to build on the corner of Fourth and E Streets. The stone building was damaged by the 1906 earthquake and repaired, but was eventually torn down in the 1960s to make way for the new building designed by architect Francis Joseph McCarthy. The new building was built to be the center of operations and administration for the new city-county library system and eventual countywide system. A model of modernity at the time, it included vertical and horizontal conveyors to mechanize book-handling and teletype and fax transmission connections to other Bay Area libraries. Architectural features include sculptured redwood fences, garden walls composed of stone from the 1904 Carnegie building, and stained-glass windows.