The Salinas Public Library collection consists of audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1930s to 1990s. A majority of the collection contains recorded oral interviews with people who personally knew John Steinbeck and are recounting their memories with him. Other material includes film from the Steinbeck Festival XIII in 1995.
The Salinas Public Library has proudly served the community since 1909 when it first opened its doors as a Carnegie Public Library. Today, there are three branch libraries, John Steinbeck Library, Cesar Chavez Library, and El Gabilan Library, with services available 7-days a week. The collection includes more than 100,000 books, magazines, movies, and audiobooks, and a separate Steinbeck Collection of more than a thousand books, articles, and historical items.
In 2005, the library was featured in the movie “The Hollywood Librarian” after it received national attention for nearly closing its doors because of severe budget cuts. Rally Salinas, a local and regional effort to restore funding for the library through a local tax measure, was ultimately successful in sustaining operations. Today, the Salinas Public Library is experiencing a renaissance of programs and services with its recent launch of a Digital Branch that includes an extensive collection of online resources, databases, instructional software, as well as eBooks, eMagazines, streaming movies, and much more.
The San Bruno Public Library collection consists of texts and images from the 1850s to the 1990s. A majority of the collection contains images of residents and activities local to San Bruno. Other material includes texts advertising past events and activities, such as the Annual Posy Parade.
The San Bruno Public Library provides materials and services of popular interest to the community, emphasizing and encouraging reading by children, supplementing the educational needs of the community, and furnishing timely, accurate information. Our mission statement is anchored by the following assumptions:
A responsibility to offer free library service;
The City's commitment to a municipal library;
A responsiveness to the community;
Utilization of modern technology;
Cooperative efforts with other City departments, other libraries, and other agencies;
Commitment to intellectual freedom for all.
The San Diego Air and Space Museum collection contains audiovisual materials (moving images and audio) and texts from the 1930s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of oral history interviews and radio recordings that include the 1969 moon landing. Other subjects include prints of Ryan Aircraft contracts and the North Islander newspaper.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection contains texts from the 1900s to 1960s. A majority of the collection consists of San Francisco Art Association bulletins, newsletters, and the Mark Hopkins Institute Review of Art.
The San Jose Public Library, California Room collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of movies and recordings concerning Frontier Village, a western-themed aumesment park that opened in 1961 and closed in 1980. Other materials include texts from "El Excentrico," a bilingual magazine covering Latino culture in the Santa Clara Valley from 1949 to 1980.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District Library collection contains audiovisual material (moving images) from the 1920s through the present. The majority of the collection consists of nonfiction films documenting floods and water management plans.