About Us

Mission Statement

"The Paso Robles City Library is the place to discover, to learn, and to grow, empowering our community to achieve its vision for the future."

Strategic Planning

2022 and Beyond Having completed the objectives of its first ever strategic plan, the Paso Robles City Library is now working with the Centre for Organizational Effectiveness to assess the community’s current and future information needs and preferences. To help us capture more voices, members of the public are encouraged to take the Survey  Printed copies of the survey are available at the library. The public is also encouraged to participate in a virtual Public Meeting: Wednesday, November 3, 6-7 pm. Join the Zoom meeting here. (Meeting ID: 966 4956 3957  Passcode: library)

2017-2022  The Library Strategic Plan (PDF) provides a road map that outlines goals and priorities for the next five years of service.

Library Facilities Master Plan

The Library Facilities Master Plan (PDF) is a concept plan approved by City Council to meet the information needs of the current and future Paso Robles community.


Carnegie Library in the Downtown City ParkChronology of the Paso Robles City Library:

  • 1902 The Paso Robles Improvement Club establishes a temporary free reading room in the Blackburn Building. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Improvement Club is established to aid the library efforts.
  • 1903 The City Trustees pass an ordinance to establish a free public library.
  • 1904 The Library is turned over to municipal ownership by general city election.
  • 1907 The Ladies Auxiliary petitions Andrew Carnegie for funds to erect a suitable building. They are granted $10,000 if the city guarantees $1,000 yearly support for the library. The Trustees agree. Plans by architect W H. Weeks of Watsonville are adopted and a construction contract is awarded to R. O. Summers of San Jose. Work begins in November, 1907.
  • 1908 The cornerstone of the Carnegie Library is laid on January 28.
  • 1995 A new library building is built across the street; the Carnegie Library building becomes home to the Paso Robles Historical Society.
  • 2017 City Council approves the Library Strategic Plan (PDF).
  • 2018 City Council approves the Library Facilities Master Plan (PDF), a concept plan that will allow for the expansion of library programs and services.