Branciforte & Garfield Park
A Legacy of Community Building in Santa Cruz
Even before the city was officially established in 1876, Santa Cruz residents were already organizing to provide free library services to meet the growing community’s intellectual and social needs. At first, a small free library was created, moving among several temporary locations. But by the early twentieth century, the city had succeeded in attracting four free-standing Carnegie-funded libraries, with the pledge of local support.