People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Sacramento Public Library: Central Library

library-picWhile on a trip to flee the East Coast storms, a visit to Sacramento included a stop at the Sacramento Central Library. The largest of Sacramento’s 28 libraries is a Carnegie building with a more recent attachment; resulting in a very spacious library. At the time, the Carnegie building was inaccessible except for the Sacramento Room housing all things Sacramento.

Greeted by the usual circulation desk, catalog computers and self check-out kiosks, navigating the rest of the main floor was difficult because of the lack of signage. There was no large floor plan to refer to. Instead, it took about 10 minutes of hunting down a library brochure located at the end of the circulation desk hidden by other brochures before I was able to find a floor plan.

I Street PressMap in hand, I continued my tour to the second floor and the impressive genealogy center where patrons can schedule one-on-one sessions with a genealogist. This floor also housed the GED and passport offices as well as the I Street Press. This is the library’s community publishing center which is also where the print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine is located. 

National  Geographic Magazines

Highlights of Visit:

  • Cleanest public restrooms ever
  • Collection of National Geographic Magazines
  • Allow to pay cash/coin to print
  • JAWS reader computer program for visually impaired
  • Friendly staff
  • Book club led by English professors
  • Patrons can see a 3D printer in action at the Arcade Library

deaf collection

Low lights of Visit:

  • Minimal signage on main floor
  • Was not able to find braille collection but did find a small “deaf collection” 
  • Was not able to tour the Carnegie building

Despite these minor low lights, the visit was enjoyable.  All in all, a very impressive library.


3 responses to “Sacramento Public Library: Central Library

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  2. Rebecca Higgerson, Sacramento Central Library Manager March 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you for your positive review of the Sacramento Public Library’s Central Library! You touched on many of the features we are extremely proud of (our genealogy and passport services, I Street Press, and literature-based programming) as well as mentioned a few things upon which we can improve (first floor signage, identifying the location of our children’s Braille collection, and limited hours of our local archives housed in the Carnegie part of the library). We hope you return to Central Library the next time you’re in Sacramento!

  3. Kendall F. Person, thepublicblogger March 15, 2014 at 12:16 am

    A Sacramentan myself, I thank you for such a wonderful review of our central library and thank you for visiting the city of Sacramento.

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