Sonoma County Library has everything students need to succeed in school, from preschool to elementary school through college.
Free Access to Resources that Support Education
The Most Important School Supply
Library cards are free for ALL students attending any school in Sonoma County, and students in participating school districts automatically have library accounts via the Student OneCard initiative.
FREE computer use, Internet access, and study spaces
FREE homework help
FREE access to local and regional history
The Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library, located in the Annex behind the Central Library in Santa Rosa, is an excellent resource for local and Sonoma County-specific assignments. It houses historical information on Sonoma County and its cities and towns, as well as genealogical and census information.
Through the Student OneCard initiative, students will be able to use their school ID numbers as library accounts to access resources in support of their education. In spring 2018, the Student OneCard is being piloted with Santa Rosa City Schools, and will be expanding to include other school districts as we refine logistics. Read more at http://sonomalibrary.org/studentonecard.
For other schools and school districts, we offer tools to host a library card drive at your school, while we are ramping up our ability to offer the Student OneCard service to other school districts.
Support for Teachers and Educators
The Library offers teachers and educators a wide array of special resources and services, in libraries, at schools, and online. We extend access to these resources during the school year through:
- Arrange for your students to visit a branch of the Sonoma County Library.
- Library staff can tailor presentations to meet your educational need, from an introductory overview of library services to point-of-need targeted research assistance.
- Also, it’s a great opportunity to sign students up for regular library cards!
Fill out our Assignment Alert form to share information with your local library branch about your upcoming school assignments and we can get materials ready and be able to help your students more efficiently. Note: This is not a guarantee that materials will be available unless requested or reserved ahead of your library visit.
A list of Sonoma County schools and the library nearest their location. Though all libraries serve all schools, these pairings are a resource for educators to find a nearby library best able to assist them with library resources and services.
Take advantage of fine-free and extended borrowing privileges for educators! Access our many online research and learning resources, and check out materials in support of your students' learning. Teachers employed by an educational institution in Sonoma County (religious, public and private schools, certified home-schools, licensed child-care providers, recreational leaders, student teachers, etc.) can apply in-person for an Educator Card. Learn more about what to bring when you apply.
Step-by-step instructions and printable applications to make your school library card drive easy.
All libraries are open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and the Central Library in Santa Rosa is open on Sundays from 2:00-6:00 pm, to support students' learning on weekends.
Summer learning support
Summer is the most critical time of the academic year, because it presents the most risk. Through programs that are aligned to summer learning needs, the Library works to fight “the summer slide,” when students without access to summer learning opportunities fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that’s hard to close. (Learn more facts about the achievement gap from the National Summer Learning Association.)
Your Partner in education
The library is an integral part of the K-12 and post-secondary educational system in Sonoma County. The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan outlines the Library's primary goal to partner with educators in Sonoma County to help ensure student success and to contribute toward the education and the overall quality of life of children in Sonoma County. As part of this goal, the Library is pursuing strategic partnerships with school districts and the Sonoma County Office of Education to demonstrate how libraries can serve as an extension of the classroom all year long.