Selecting the Sites and Sizes of Libraries

The Fresno County Public Library, with headquarters at the Central library in Fresno, covers the entire county of Fresno with the exception of the Coalinga-Huron Unified District.
The Library is recommending several types of libraries. Each type will be located, staffed and have a collection suitable to its roles. Each type will also have service objectives. This report recommends the space required to carry out the service objectives.
  • The Central Library serves as a resource library for all county residents and must be centrally located for all county users, with convenient freeway and mass transportation access. The Central Library also houses the headquarters functions for the County Library.
  • Regional Libraries are located in large rural and metropolitan cities in commercial or central locations and serve large populations of residents of the immediate and surrounding neighborhoods. Residents from surrounding communities may also visit these libraries. Rural Regionals will serve populations of 30,000 to 50,000. Fresno/Clovis Metropolitan Regionals will serve populations of 40,000 to 75,000.
  • Branch Libraries are located in mid size cities or communities and serve populations of 12,000 to 30,000.
  • Neighborhood Libraries are located in small rural cities or unincorporated communities and metropolitan areas and serve populations of 6,000 to 12,000.
  • Stations are located in the smallest communities and serve populations up to 6,000.
  • In addition to these five types of libraries, the library provides services through other methods, which are not within the scope of this report:
  • Three Bookmobiles. One serves community and senior stops in metropolitan and rural Fresno, one serves day care centers, and one provides literacy services on the west side of the county
  • Correctional service provided in Fresno County Jail and at Elkhorn.
  • Electronic Access through the World Wide Web (
  • Telephone Reference
  • Homebound Service provided by volunteers to those unable to visit the library.

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