Library Services - Reference Services - Overview


The Library staff offers help in researching the answers to information and reference questions at all branches. The Downtown Branch serves as the System reference headquarters and contains a substantially larger collection of research materials. Reference librarians are available at the Downtown Branch during all open hours, and at the Aptos, Live Oak, and Scotts Valley Branches in the afternoons.

By Phone

Call (831) 427-7713 to ask your question at the Downtown Branch or to make an appointment with a member of the Reference Team.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm

Text Us

Text SCPL to 66746. Save SCPL in your contacts and text us your questions.

By Email

Email us with your questions:

Online Reference Resources

Most of the Library databases are available at all terminals in all branches and from anywhere with an internet connection. You must have a valid library card and PIN.

Genealogical Questions

The Genealogy Library is housed within the Downtown Branch but its materials belong to the Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society. They do offer research assistance, provided by qualified volunteers. For more information, please visit their website:

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Available at these branch libraries:

  • Available at all branches

Last updated on Aug. 9, 2017

You Can Do That @ the Library?!

Munch with Mozart

Enjoy free monthly lunchtime concerts in the Meeting Room of the Downtown Branch Library. The programming varies but the music is always guaranteed to be good. Bring your own lunch!

See our Calendar, Online Catalog or Branch pages for more details and contact information.