Santa Cruz Public Library, California: a brief review


This chapter provides historical background on the birth and growth of public libraries in California, after the formation of the new state. It examines three critical time periods: 1849, when the Monterey Library Association was formed as the first public library in California; 1868, when the Santa Cruz Library Association was founded; and 1878, when the subscription library became a tax-based institution after the passage of the Rogers Act for maintaining free library services. Also mentioned are Hubert Howe Bancroft and John Muir, two historical figures who made tremendous contributions to the preservation of the historical heritage and natural resources in California.

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