Coming Up

(3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Location: Branciforte

(3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Aptos

(2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
Location: Downtown
Room: Downtown Upstairs Meeting Room

(2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Live Oak

Teens @ SCPL

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries has a variety of resources available to help you. Use the links on the left to find resources on a wide variety of topics.

Homework Help & R.E.A.D.

Homework Help
Available free to all students under 18 years of age from Oct 2, 2018 - May 22, 2019. No appointment is needed.

Tuesdays 3-5p: Branciforte
Tuesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach
Tuesdays 3-5p: Live Oak

Week of October 2, 2018 to May 22, 2019

Holidays/Breaks Schedule:
Thanksgiving week: November 20, 2018
Winter break: December 13, 2018 to January 21, 2019
Spring break: April 2, 2019

R.E.A.D. (Reach for Every Amazing Detail) is the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' reading comprehension program for students grades 2-12. Students receive 25 minutes of individual instruction from a California credentialed teacher! By appointment only. (Please, no drop-ins!) To make an appointment contact Programming at:

831- 427-7717

Wednesdays 3-5p: Downtown
Wednesdays 3-5p: La Selva Beach

Week of October 2, 2018 to July 25, 2019

Holidays/Breaks Schedule:
Thanksgiving week: November 21, 2018
Winter break: December 13, 2018 to January 21, 2019
Spring break: April 3, 2019
Summer: May 27 to June 10, 2019 and July 3, 2019

Summer Reading 2018 Has Ended

Summer Reading Ended August 17th, 2018

We hope you had a great summer! Don't forget to spend those book bucks.

Teens Self Help Collection

SCPL Teens' Page

Most of the Santa Cruz Public Library branches (and the Bookmobile) have Teen Self Help collections. These books may be borrowed by anyone on the HONOR SYSTEM — whether you have a library card or not.

How this works:

If the book you want has a label on the front cover saying it's part of the Teen Self Help Collection, you can borrow it for as long as you need it, without checking it out. Please return the book to any branch when you're finished with it so that others can read it too.

Browse All Self Help Book Titles and Locations


Browse by Subject

YALSA Teens' Top Ten books of 2016

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is October 9-15, 2016! The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 17, 2016, so check back to see the winners!

Vote for up to 3 Books – THIS VOTING IS FOR TEENS ONLY