Central Library

2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 600-READ (7323)


The Central Library parking lot is under construction. Public parking
in this lot will not be available.

Successor to several different downtown Fresno libraries; the first opened in 1876
The first true Fresno public library opened in 1891; occupied its first real home on Broadway in 1904
The current Central branch opened its doors in 1959; known for its Heritage Center and Government Documents collection
82,716 sq. ft.

Supervisor: Penny Hill

Central Library


Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Events at Central Library



  • Express Checkout
  • Internet Stations for Public Use: 45
  • Meeting Room: Sarah McCardle Room accommodates up to 49 people - Reserve meeting room -
  • Parking: Parking lot behind library (south side). One hour limit until 6pm, Monday-Friday. Metered parking on streets around library.
  • Printer: B&W- 10¢ / Color - 50¢
  • Self-serve Photocopiers: B&W - 10¢
  • Self-serve Scanning Kiosk for public use. No charge for scans saved to USB or sent by email. Printout - 10¢
  • ScanPro Digital Microfilm/microfiche reader: B&W - 10¢
  • Veterans Resource Center

Bus information: Branch is served by Route 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38. See a system map. See a complete list of routes.