Funding

Sonoma County Library services are funded largely through its share of property taxes. The formula was set in 1978 with the implementation of Proposition 13.  On November 8, 2016, 72 percent of the voters in Sonoma County voted to provide Sonoma County Library with an additional funding source for the next 10 years by passing Measure Y to increase sales taxes by an eighth of a cent.

See the Measure Y Oversight Committee report to see how Sonoma County Library is using the Measure Y funds, and also see our complete listing of Financial and other Library Reports.

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

On April 2, 2018, the Sonoma County Library Commission approved the library's annual budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 (PDF).

Services, programs and resources provided, thanks to Measure Y funding, include the following:

  • The Library will continue to provide over 30,000 open hours serving the public at 14 library locations supported by 121 full-time branch staff – over 2 million library visits are expected in FY 18/19
  • A pilot program at six locations offering wireless, in-house use tablets – Hublets -  will be expanded to all locations. Library patrons are able to access a variety of library applications from the device and use the tablets freely within the library.
  • Digital displays will be installed in all branches to better advertise programs and services.
  • An abundance of events, classes and workshops will continue to be provided for Sonoma County residents of all ages; these include early literacy storytimes, digital literacy classes, access to new technologies, SAT and Path to College support and healthy living programs.
  • Digital and print collections will continue to expand, reducing wait times for popular titles. The Library will continue its book leasing program to make more bestselling adult titles available to the public.
  • The Library will grow its collection of specialized e-resources,  offering a diverse selection that patrons can enjoy from anywhere (resources will be added periodically throughout FY 18/19).
  • Two digital microfilm readers will be installed in the Healdsburg and Cloverdale branches, enabling patrons to access and view local history resources.

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

The annual budget for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (PDF) was able to, for the first time, include the additional sales tax revenue approved by the voters of Sonoma County on November 8, 2016.

Thanks to the passage of Measure Y, Sonoma County Library moved forward with the following increased hours, databases and services:

  • All branches re-opened to serve the public on Mondays effective May 1, 2017.
  • Additional open hours were also added in 2017 and 2018: Mondays (until 9pm), Wednesdays (until 9pm) and Saturdays (until 6pm).
  • Lynda.com (online training videos) - added 1/2017
  • Axis 360 (additional ebook and eaudiobooks) - added 7/2017
  • ConsumerReports.org (online access to Consumer Reports) - added 7/2017
  • Chilton Auto Repair (online auto repair guides) - added 8/2017
  • ValueLine (online financial research) - added 8/2017
  • LearningExpress (school and career online resources) - added 8/2017
  • Tutor.com (online one-on-one tutoring and career counseling) - added 9/2017
  • Odilo (additional Spanish ebook and eaudiobooks) - added 4/2018

Voters Approve Measure Y (Sonoma County Library Sales Tax Initiative)

On November 8, 2016, 72 percent of the voters in Sonoma County voted to support Sonoma County Library by passing Measure Y to increase sales taxes by an eighth of a cent.  The increased revenue will be used to maintain, restore and enhance Library services, materials and facilities throughout Sonoma County.  See official voting results at http://vote.sonoma-county.org/content.aspx?sid=1009&id=2456