Sacramento Public Library: Investing in the Future

24 October 2021

I have always liked this proverb. Planting this metaphorical tree is an investment in the future.

The cities of Elk Grove and Sacramento recently invested in the future of the Sacramento Public Library (SPL) by purchasing buildings to renovate and transform into libraries operated by the SPL.

Early 2021, Elk Grove City Council bought vacant Rite Aid building at the southwest corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Waterman Road in Old Town Elk Grove. The City in partnership with the Library are start design work for relocating the Elk Grove Library to this site. If the recent
community focus groups and discussions on the vision for the new location are an indication that the investment in libraries is timely. Once the new location opens, the Elk Grove Library will be large, easier to hire and operate, and most importantly, it will meet the needs of the Elk Grove community.

The former Sacramento News & Review building on Del Paso Boulevard will become the New North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library Home.

The City of Sacramento purchased the nearly 19,000 square foot building this summer, which will allow the library to expand services, programs and opportunities for the community.

Investments in our library are more than buildings. This summer, we introduced the Sacramento Intelligent Material Management System (SIMMS) throughout our library system. It will transform the way we manage and manage the thousands of books and documents that move through our 28 locations every day through process automation. SIMMS tracks every element in
our collection helps us identify its status and location up to the shelf. This will make it easier for you to find your catch or locate equipment when you visit us. It also provides our wonderful staff with a tool that makes item status tracking more transparent, which enables us to provide you with better customer service.

And finally, where would we be without the investment the friends of the Sacramento Public Library have made in the true future of our community, our children? Thanks to Friends’ investment, more than 15,000 first-graders have access to high-quality books to fuel their personal libraries.

Kids who love to read and grow up believing they can be whatever they want is a worthwhile investment!


This press release was produced by Sacramento Public Library. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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