Message from the Director

The Benicia Public Library, along with other City facilities, is thrilled to be open for regular business.

I am very proud of our library staff and community of supporters who made it possible to continue to provide services in new and innovative ways over the course of the pandemic, through virtual programming, increased downloadable collections (books, audiobooks, and magazines), and homebound services of library materials. In June 2021, the library re-opened our doors to the public to come inside and once again browse the collections, use computers, and ask questions.
We are now open our normal pre-pandemic hours and most regular services have resumed:

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

While they are not required, we recommend that library visitors wear masks as we continue to live and work under "pandemic conditions". Free masks and hand sanitizer are available by request at our service desk.

Your Public Library strives to be the heart of the community, and your patience is greatly appreciated!

Jennifer Baker
Director of Library and Cultural Services
City of Benicia
150 East L St.
Benicia, CA 94510



The Benicia Public Library serves a community with a uniquely rich history and character. Benicia exudes small-town charm, with its ideal San Francisco Bay waterfront location and high quality of life. To meet the needs of our residents, the Library is committed to providing services and making them available when people can use them. Our Library is open seven days a week, and includes an art gallery with rotating exhibits, a Literacy Program, and a Friends of the Library group as well as diverse volunteer opportunities.

 In addition to our beautiful building, which opened June 19, 1993, we provide a wide range of materials in all formats—books, movies, music, audiobooks, and a wide range of electronic books and research resources. We are also fortunate to have additional money from Measure L, a 1/8-cent sales tax approved by 2/3 of Solano County citizens (as Measure B) in 1998, and renewed in 2012, adding annually to the Library’s budget to expand hours, programs, and materials. Patrons can access the Library catalog and their own account information 24 hours a day.

Our staff, however, is our greatest asset. Their commitment to public service excellence is at the core of our service to the community and its visitors. Whether you are a Benicia native or a new resident, whether you are a visitor staying in one of our lovely hotels or visiting family or friends, please accept my invitation to visit our Library. You will find excellent service and be greeted by people dedicated to making your experience a positive one.