The mission statement of the Santa Barbara Public Library System is to provide information services, reading materials, and educational resources to residents of all ages from the Santa Ynez Valley to Carpinteria.
The Santa Barbara Public Library is a department of the City of Santa Barbara. Under an Agreement for Operation of a County-Wide Free Library System, in partnership with the County of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Public Library also administers Library facilities and services in County branch libraries in Buellton, Solvang, Carpinteria, Montecito, Santa Ynez and Los Olivos.
Public funding for operations of the Santa Barbara Public Library System is received from the City of Santa Barbara (Central Library and Eastside Branch only), County of Santa Barbara (all locations), City of Carpinteria (Carpinteria Branch), City of Solvang (Solvang Branch) and the State of California (all locations). Additional revenue sources may include private gifts and donations, financial assistance from the Friends of the Library groups, grants, and in-kind goods and services.
Below is a recording of the 2017 State of the Library Address.