Central Library

Please call branch for available service accommodations.

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

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

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: Joy Sentman-Paz

Central Library


Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Events at Central Library

Reserve meeting room



  • Express Checkout
  • Meeting Room: Sarah McCardle Room accommodates up to 49 people
  • Parking: Metered parking on streets around the library.
  • Printer: B&W- 10¢ / Color - 50¢
  • Recycling site for residential quantities of batteries, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and fluorescent tubes.
  • 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