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Santa Barbara Public Library Events Cancelled Through April 30th

The safety of our patrons and employees is a priority to Santa Barbara Public Library. We are working to stay on top of this evolving COVID-19 situation by following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, and the City of Santa Barbara.

In response to the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance on Gatherings, the Library will be cancelling all public programs through April. 

When possible, the Library will make programming content available on Facebook, both live and archived for later viewing, or reschedule programs for a later date. 

We encourage any concerned patrons, especially those in high-risk populations, to stay home if they are feeling ill or are simply concerned about potential exposure. 

The Library has already increased frequency of cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and while supplies last, we are making hand sanitizer and wipes available to staff and patrons, plus we are encouraging frequent hand-washing by everyone. The Library has removed from the public toys and manipulatives in the Children’s Library, and are encouraging individuals to use their own personal writing utensils. 

Many Library services can be accessed remotely. If you are unable to visit the Library for any reason, our services and resources can be reached digitally or on-the-go with:

Borrow books, audiobooks, movies, comics, films, magazines, and online courses electronically

Delay requested physical materials, for pick-up or check-out, by calling the Library at 805-962-7653 or by reviewing yourOverDrive account for holds on eBooks and Audiobooks.  

Sign-up for a temporary library card online to get started using library resources and services at:

Speak with a staff over the telephone, available during all open hours every day of the week at: 805-962-7653. Questions, requests, and information needs are handled in real-time.

Chat with staff at the Library’s digital chat reference services, available during open hours and answered in

Text message questions to staff, available during open hours and answered in real-time: 805-764-4542  (805-764-4LIB)

Access your account and review your accounts details by either or by downloading the Library’s mobile app “Black Gold” in any app store.

Order unique items for home delivery with the Zip Books program by calling the Library at: 805-962-7653

If you have questions about a particular event or about checked out items, please call the Santa Barbara Public Library at 805-962-7653.

Additional resources for updates on COVID-19: 

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