About this Branch

The San Luis Obispo Library is located in the heart of the beautiful downtown historic district, directly across from City Hall. The two story library features two reading patios, Reference and Local History collections, large print and Spanish language collections, and a large collection of movies, music on CD, and books on CD. The library has study rooms, a computer lab, and a bookstore sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Children's Department includes a Spanish language collection, a Lego construction table and interactive games, and a large collection of children's books, music and movies. The Teen Zone features teen books and magazines, including an extensive Manga collection.

The San Luis Obispo Library serves as Regional Library for the Coastal Region of the county library system. The library partners with the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society Library and Literacy for Life (formerly the San Luis Obispo Literacy Council), both located on the 2nd floor of the library.

 Branch Resources

Newspaper Holdings

  • Atascadero News
  • Barron's
  • The Cambrian
  • Investor's Business Daily
  • The New York Times
  • Paso Robles Press
  • Santa Barbara News-Press
  • Santa Maria Times
  • Tribune
  • USA Today
  • The Wall Street Journal

 Ongoing Programs

  • Preschool Storytime / Friday / 10:30am
  • Toddler Time / Tuesday / 10:30am
  • Paws to Read / 4th Thursday / 3:30pm
  • Spanish Storytime with Sara and Pedro / 4th Monday / 5:30pm
  • Teen Book Group / 3rd Friday / 3:30pm
  • SLO Library Book Club / 2nd Thursday /  10:30am
  • Watch a Great Book Film Series / 1st Wednesday / 5:30pm

Special Features

  • Friends Corner is operated by the San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library and offers magazines and books for great prices.
  • Local History Department is a unique collection of San Luis Obispo history books, documents and film.
  • Reference Department features microfilm collections and reader-printers, specialized research services, large reference book collection, and research computer.
  • Reading Patios are spaces for library users to read, use computers or relax and enjoy the beautiful view. Patios are located in the front of the library and on the 2nd floor.

Study Room Availability

First come first served. Maximum use 2 hours per day. Sign up at the Reference Desk.

 3 Study  Rooms (1 person) 

 1 Study Room (2 person)

 Monday - Thursday  10am - 7pm

 3 Study  Rooms (1 person) 

 1 Study Room (2 person) 

 Friday - Saturday  10am - 5pm


Meeting Room Availability

  • 805-781-7222 (SLO Parks & Rec.)

The library building complex incudes two rooms available for reservation, the conference room (capacity 40) and the community room (capacity 120). The rooms are managed by the City of San Luis Obispo Department of Parks & Recreation



Branch Manager: Aracelli Astorga

Information: 805-781-5991



Mon - Thurs:   10am - 6pm

Fri - Sat:         10am - 5pm

Sunday:          Closed



Contact Information

995 Palm Street

San Luis Obispo CA



Branch Manager: 805-781-5783

Circulation: 805-781-5991

Reference: 805-781-5989

Children's: 805-781-5775

Fax: 805-781-1106



County Supervisor District 5

Debbie Arnold