Library News

E-books quick start guides

e-booksToday our new e-books are available for you to borrow.

Click the download e-books / audiobooks button on our home page to go to our OverDrive site and browse the available titles. 

Quick start guides are here, covering what to install and how to check out and download your books on Android, Kindle/Kindle Mobile, iPad/iPod/iPhone, and Nook.

Want more e-books?  Okay!  This page lists other kinds of e-books you can get with your library card.  Borrow from Open Library, sample local authors' works, or download PDF copies of up-to-date legal books and test prep books.

E-books arrive September 6

  e-booksWant to read library books on your Kindle, Nook, or iPad?  Starting Thursday, September 6, you will be able to browse and check out e-books for your computer, tablet, or e-book reader.  E-books will be available in formats including PDF, EPUB, and Kindle.

Read the press release

Find out more about supported devices

Library closed September 1 - 3

Pick up your hold requests by Friday and stock up on those holiday weekend reads!  The Library will be closed over Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday.

Changes in fines and fees

bring 'em back
Starting Saturday, September 15, these will be the late fines for items returned after the due date:

  • 25 cents a day on all items other than DVDs
  • $1 a day on DVDs
  • $10 maximum late fine per item

Also, there will be a change to the policy on unpaid fines and fees.   A patron whose library account has $5 or more in fines and fees will not be able to use Library services until the amount owed is lower than $5.

Smoke Signals

On August 14, 2010, the Healdsburg Post Office burned in a spectacular fire. 22 Engine companies from Healdsburg and all over the North Coast responded. Photographer Austin Brewin and local Healdsburg columnist and photographer Ray Holley captured the drama. The fire came after a rancorous public debate about moving the Post Office from this favored downtown site.

Photographs by Brewin and Holley will be on display at the Healdsburg Library through August 31. 

Art, music, books, Xtreme Science Magic!

Lots to do at the Library this August! An art show is at Guerneville Library August 4 - 18 and at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library, a photo exhibit runs August 14 - 25.

Enjoy music of William Florian, the Susan Comstock Swingtet, and Catfish Jack, performing at libraries around the county.

At Petaluma Library and Sonoma Library there are book sales August 15 - 18, and at Guerneville Library, a book and bake sale August 22 - 25.

Xtreme Science MagicAnd on August 25, Xtreme Science Magic comes to Sebastopol Library and Northwest (Coddingtown) Library. Kids 5 and older, get ready for a fast-moving and interactive show full of experiments, demonstrations, and oodles of audience participation!

CalendarThis month at the Library

P.S. Thank you, Friends! Friends of the Library coordinate exhibits and book sales, support special programs for kids and adults, and help make August a great time to visit your Library!

New tools for genealogists

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries,New for Genealogists we have two new resources available for your genealogical and historical research!


  • Find local news from small-town newspapers dating as far back as 1690. Research in local histories, military records, and other hard-to-find documentation of family history.

San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922

  • Search through the full text of early issues, and see exact copies of the articles as printed on the original pages of the Chronicle.

These are available only at the Local History & Genealogy Library, located behind the Central Library in downtown Santa Rosa.

Sebastopol Library reopens June 19

Welcome back, Sebastopol library patrons!  The Sebastopol Regional Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 a.m. 

The newly repaired and remodeled library includes seismic upgrades, improved ergonomics, more public computers, and improvements for energy efficiency and access for disabled patrons.

Read the press release

Summer Reading for kids and teens

Summer Reading for Kids and TeensThe children's Summer Reading program and the annual summer Teen Read are starting soon!  Once again we are also having our summer early literacy program for babies, the Rubber Ducky Club.

Sign up at most regional libraries beginning June 5.  (Signups start later for Sebastopol Library - tentatively June 26.)

Rubber Ducky Club: summer reading for babies

Dream Big: READ!  summer reading for children

Teen Read details in our Teenspace blog

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