Central Library Closed Due to Construction Activity
February 9, 2023
Central Library will reopen at 10am on February 9, 2023.
February 7, 2023
Central Library remains closed due to air quality issues.
January 31, 2023
Santa Barbara Public Library will continue with modified operations Tuesday, January 31st through Saturday, February 4th. Central Library is anticipated to reopen Tuesday, February 7th.
On Wednesday, January 25th, there was a critical failure of the dust mitigation plan for the elevator work in progress in the center of Central Library, so the Library acted out of an abundance of caution to modify operations to protect the health and safety of staff and patrons. While the air quality is being monitored and construction plans are being assessed, Central Library will remain closed.
While staff are unavailable to answer the Library’s main phone line, patrons can contact Library staff using the Library’s chat during regular hours on the website, texting 805-273-8916, or calling Eastside Library at 805-963-3727 or Montecito Library at 805-969-5063.
Central Library’s Faulkner Gallery is on a separate HVAC system and room rental events scheduled are not impacted by the closure, but the galleries will be closed for art viewing outside of reserved times.
Patrons with holds ready for pickup at Central Library will be extended through the closure.
An additional Music and Movement class will be added to Eastside Library’s schedule on Wednesday, February 1st at 10:15 a.m. to replace the regular scheduled class at Central Library.
January 26, 2023
Overnight construction activity impacted air quality at Central Library at 40 E. Anapamu. Tests are being done to ensure the building is safe for patrons and staff. Results will not be available until next week. Out of an abundance of caution, Central Library is closed and expects to reopen on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
While staff are unavailable to answer the Library’s main phone line, patrons can contact Library staff using the Library’s chat during regular hours on the website, texting (805) 273-8916, or calling Eastside Library at (805) 963-3727 or Montecito Library at (805) 969-5063.
Central Library’s Faulkner Gallery is on a separate HVAC system and room rental events scheduled are not impacted by the closure, but the galleries will be closed for art viewing.
Patrons with holds ready for pickup at Central Library will have a three-day extension.
Santa Barbara Public Library’s Library on the Go van will add additional stops on Friday, Saturday, and Monday featuring collections and children’s programming.
On Friday, January 27, Library on the Go van will be at Alameda Park from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. following the regular Shoreline Park visit from 10 a.m. until noon.
The van will visit Alameda Park from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. Library staff will have children’s activities all day, in addition to a Poetry Walk featuring poems written by local poets as part of a workshop with Mission Poetry Series.
On Monday, the van will visit Shoreline Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a special pop-up Music & Movement class for families and young children and will visit Alameda from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with activities for school-age children.