Vacaville Public Library - Cultural Center

Welcome to the Vacaville Public Library - Cultural Center

Meeting Room

The conference room has a meeting capacity of up to 30 people and features a conference table seating 12, a conference unit with white board and tackable surface as well as a drop down screen.  A sink, coffee maker, overhead projector, and TV/Video/DVD player are also available.   More... 

Study Room

Small groups of up to six people can meet and work for up to two hours. Call 1-866-57ASKUS for same day reservations. Library Literacy tutors have priority privileges for advance scheduling of rooms.

Computer Center

The computer center has 15 computers with a variety of software programs and Internet access for use by individuals and classes taught by library staff.  The library’s catalog and databases can also be searched from these computers.  To reserve a computer, visit http://libonline.snap.lib.ca.us/.

Technology

  • 28 computers equipped for catalog, database and Internet research
  • Wireless Network
  • 3 black & white printer/copiers (10 cents per page)
  • 1 color printer/copier (50 cents per page)

Equipment

  • 1 Typewriter
  • 2 Microform readers

Accessibility

Every public computer contains an Accessibility Wizard allowing customization for dexterity, hearing, and visual needs.  The Branch also has an adaptive keyboard and optical trackball available.  Please ask a staff member for more information or assistance.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Vacaville Library have a small ongoing booksale area at the front of the building in the lobby adjacent to the Conference Room.  In addition, they have quarterly full-scale booksales which are publicized in advance.  The last day of every sale is $2 a Bag Day, during which customers can fill a grocery bag full of materials for only two dollars.

Branch History

Library supporters took advantage of a 1911 state law that allowed the creation of unified high school and library districts, and formed what later became the Vacaville Unified School District/Library District.  A five-cent property tax yielded $1,000 for book purchases and maintenance, which made Vacaville eligible for a Carnegie library.  The Vacaville Public Library, with the distinctive pillars and pediment style of many Carnegie libraries, opened on Main Street in 1915.  The building served the community for over fifty years, and many longtime residents have fond memories of the building that now houses the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce.

By 1970, the Library was outgrowing its 4,000 square foot Carnegie building and moved to a new 10,000 square foot building on Merchant Street.  The passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 left the District without funds to operate independently and forced the library to close on June 13. It opened two weeks later, under a hastily developed agreement with Solano County Library.  A formal contract for library services was established in 1979.

In November of 1988, the citizens of Vacaville passed Measure I, a proposition that funded a new cultural center that included a library. In March of 1993, the new Vacaville Public Library opened in a 25,186 square foot building.

After 12 years of intense usage, the Cultural Center library needed a facelift and some renovation.  The library’s new carpeting and paint provide a welcome rejuvenation to the interior and give visual cues that orient users and help them find their way.  The renovation features a 15-seat computer center offering a wide spectrum of classes.  With the library’s wireless Internet access, anyone with a laptop, PDA, or Web-enabled cell phone can be online.

Vacaville residents have long understood the key role their library plays in the cultural, educational, and democratic well-being of their community.  With improved access, convenience and up-to-date technology, the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center serves as a focal point of civic and social life in the community.

Branch Head

Lani Clarke, Supervising Librarian