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IMAGINE the Library

Transform our community.

The time has come to build a new 21st century Capitola Branch Library, designed to be flexible enough to serve the changing and innovative uses and needs of our community. Construction of our beautiful new 11,700 square foot library is starting in 2018.


New Branch Updates

Progress on the new Capitola Branch Library: City of Capitola has taken a step forward towards construction of the new Library. On July 26, the Capitola City Council voted 4-1 to accept the option to award a contract to Otto Construction to build the new Capitola Branch Library. More info….. 

“Libraries have always seemed like the richest places in the world to me, and I’ve done some of my best learning and thinking thanks to them. Libraries and librarians have definitely changed my life, and the lives of countless other Americans.”

Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States, 1989-1993

The Santa Cruz Public Library system “connects, inspires, and informs,” transforming lives and strengthening communities. The Capitola Branch (one of 10 branches in the system) serves people from throughout Santa Cruz County. For its size and staffing, the Branch is one of the most heavily used in the entire system and is an important asset to our community. It is currently housed in six bolted-together portable modules — a 17-year- old structure that is timeworn, outdated, and undersized.

Friends of Capitola Branch Library bookstore at the Capitola Mall


The Capitola Friends holds book sales (including CD’s, DVD’s) the first Saturday of each month and also adds a few extra sales when we have enough inventory and volunteers to run the store. All genres, most books from $1 – $2!

When:  Every Friday and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Where:  We have a storefront at the Capitola Mall by the main entrance next to Starbucks.

How you can support the book sales:

  • Come and shop and buy!
  • Donate books, CDs DVDs or other library materials – contact Karen@sploids.com for pickup
  • Attend a Friends meeting or send an email (CapitolaFriendsChapter@sploids.com) to find out what you can do to volunteer to help out with the booksale.


We hold meetings on the third Saturday every other month from 9:00 to 10:00am. Anyone interested in supporting the Capitola Branch is welcome to attend. Come join a great group of library lovers and find out more about the Friends and what we’re up to. And join us in helping to make our new branch a reality!

Next meeting:

Click here to go to the calendar listing for the next meeting.

We Love Capitola Branch Library! What People Are Saying About the New Library.

Gayle Ortiz, Jamie Goldstein, Toni Campbell, Mike Termini and Susan Nemitz talk about the upcoming construction of the new library building in Capitola.