The Goleta Valley Library is a major public institution in the Goleta Valley, serving 90,000 people: 30,000 in the City of Goleta and 60,000 in County Service Area 3 . It receives over half a million visits and lends over 600,000 books and other materials to patrons every year.
The library belongs to the City of Goleta but is under the management of the Santa Barbara Public Library System. The SBPL fee for managing our library is now 13.5% of the Goleta library budget and expected to increase to 18% in July 2018.
On August 15, 2017, the Goleta City Council members unanimously voted to direct staff to continue the process of assuming direct management and operation of the Goleta Library, including applying for membership to the Black Gold Cooperative Library System and pursuing approval from the California Library Services Board. The CA Library Services Board meets on October 17 in Sacramento. It is in charge of approving the creation of municipal libraries, a mandatory step for ours to function independently.
The management transfer is neither simple nor quick because of legal processes at all levels from City to County to State. Many local steps are also needed, from issuing new library cards and redoing the bar codes on all books and materials to new contracts for our wonderful staff. The Goleta Library would still belong to the Black Gold Library network, so there would be no change in borrowing materials from other branches.
The projected date for the management transfer is July 1, 2018.
Who are The Friends?
The Friends of the Goleta Valley Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3), volunteer organization.
We raise funds through membership dues, a permanent book sale in the lobby of the library, and special events such as the yearly Signed and Rare Books Silent Auction.
What does your support accomplish in 2017-2018?
Our main goal this year is to keep the library open on Monday by funding all related costs.
We also want to:
Thank you for your generosity!
The Friends of the Goleta Valley Library is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Tax ID#: 23-700 6256
All donations are tax-deductible to the amount authorized by the law.
The Friends of the Goleta Valley Library
P.O. Box 635
Goleta CA 93116-0635
How Can I Help?
All donations are reviewed by library staff. What cannot be entered into the collections is sold by the Friends to benefit the library.