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Santa Barbara Public Library Closed through April 5

The County of Santa Barbara’s Public Health Officer has declared that a local health emergency exists in Santa Barbara due to an imminent and proximate threat to the public health due to COVID-19.  The emergency declaration implements the Governor’s executive order on large public gatherings and social distancing.  

In order to implement the declaration and executive order  all Santa Barbara Public Library locations will be closed effective March 14 through at least April 5, with a tentative reopening date of April 6.

We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our communities and for the safety of our patrons and staff.  It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public. 

During this temporary closure, we will continue to provide reference and information services. 

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 real-time: www.SBPLibrary.org/LibraryChat

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

 Materials due dates will be extended to April 6. Exterior book drops will remain open. The many services available remotely will continue to be accessible. The Library is evaluating options for holds pickup during the closure and will update if that becomes available.

For our more vulnerable population who are unhoused and in need of shelter during inclement weather, please note the following resources over the next few days where rain is expected:

Friday, March 13th night

Freedom Warming Centers - Santa Barbara

Trinity Episcopal Church

1500 State Street

Times of operation:  6pm-6am


Sunday, March 15th and 16th nights

PATH – Santa Barbara

816 Cacique Street

Opens at 5pm

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