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Changes in Operating Hours at Goleta Library - Effective October 1, 2017

Effective October 1, 2017, the Goleta Library's hours of operation will change to improve access and convenience for patrons. Please see below for the the new hours:

 Day  Current Hours New Hours (as of 10/01/17)
 Sunday  1pm - 5pm  1pm - 5pm
 Monday  12pm - 6pm  10am - 7pm
 Tuesday  10am - 8pm  10am - 7pm
 Wednesday  10am - 8pm  10am - 7pm
 Thursday  10am - 8pm  10am - 7pm
 Friday  10am - 5:30pm  10am - 5:30pm
 Saturday  10am - 5:30pm  10am - 5:30pm


On August 15, 2017, the Goleta City Council unanimously voted to assume direct management and operation of the Goleta Library, effective July 1, 2018. Currently, the Goleta Library is a branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System, has been staffed and managed by the City of Santa Barbara under a contract with the City of Goleta. For a number of years, the Goleta Library and other libraries in the County have had a shortage of revenue oftentimes causing them to dip into reserves to balance their budgets. At the request of City Council, City staff conducted a financial feasibility analysis to determine whether it would be more cost effective for the City of Goleta to assume direct management and operation of its library.

Results of the study showed there would be a cost savings for the City of Goleta to run its own library. Instead of contracting with the City of Santa Barbara to staff the library, manage its budget, and provide services to patrons, the library’s employees would transition to be paid under the City of Goleta’s compensation schedule. In addition, Goleta would hire its own Library Director to oversee all aspects of the library including the budget. Primary reasons for the cost savings are that the City of Goleta will no longer have to pay expensive overhead fees to the City of Santa Barbara, and the library employees would fall under Goleta’s less expensive employee retirement benefits structure.

There are still important steps the library needs to complete in order to be recognized as a municipal library. City staff are aware of this and are working hard to make the transition as seamless as possible for patrons. 

Click here to see the full staff report presented at the August 15, 2017 meeting.

Current Phase

Staff are coordinating with the Black Gold Cooperative Library System (Black Gold) to obtain membership. Acceptance into Black Gold will ensure the Goleta Library will continue to benefit from Black Gold’s collection materials (books and electronic materials) that are distributed and shared among the member libraries. Black Gold will make their decision regarding Goleta’s membership on September 22, 2017.

To be formally recognized as a newly-formed municipal library under the California State Library, the City will be required to obtain approval from the California Library Services Board. The Board is scheduled to consider Goleta’s request on October 17, 2017.

Strategic Plan Goals

City-Wide Strategy: Support Community Vitality and Enhanced Recreational Opportunities

Strategic Goal: Support the Goleta Library as a robust community resource.


The Goleta Library’s two major funding sources include a service area population-based contribution from Santa Barbara County and revenues from a library special tax that Goleta residents and County residents located within County Service Area 3 pay. In addition to these sources, the City makes an annual contribution from its General Fund and the Friends of the Goleta Library make generous contributions through donations and book sales.

Project Manager:

Dana Grossi
(805) 562-5507