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The Central Branch is the largest of the Santa Cruz Public Library Branches. It is located across the street from the Santa Cruz City Hall and is one block off Pacific Avenue.
Central houses a collection of more than 233,000 items, including books, videos, compact discs, and books on tape. The branch receives more than 400 different magazines and subscribes to 30 newspapers--a dozen from out-of-town. As the largest branch, it includes several special collections which are unique among the SCPL branches: genealogy collection, sheet music collection, back files of many magazines, and newspapers on microfilm.
On the second floor is a fully-staffed young people's room with a separate collection of books and media for children and teens. The reference collection, on the main floor, is the largest among the branches with reference librarians available whenever the branch is open.