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Cesar Chavez Central Library


Reference Librarian

Gretchen Louden

605 N. El Dorado St
Stockton, CA 95202-1907 Map


Upcoming Events



About the library


The Cesar Chavez Library offers a circulating collection of library materials in English. Other circulating materials are available in Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino. 


We also offer over 20 computer workstations with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Internet use, two Microsoft Word dedicated computers, six computers for children under the age of 12, printing, and free Wi-Fi service.


Newspapers and magazines are available for browsing.


The library also has a reference collection, five self-service express checkout machines, a book magnifier, four copy machines and four microfilm reader/printers.


There are typewriters available on a first come-first served basis.


Special and Historical Collections


A number of special collections are available at the Chavez Central Library, including our Local History Collection.  


Newspapers have been printed in Stockton since 1850 and the Library has just about all of them on microfilm.  You can view, print, email or save images on a USB drive. The Library has a subject index that covers many (but not all) years of local newspapers.


For more information about our Genealogy Collection, see our Genealogy pages. To request copies  of obituaries or other vital records from newspapers, please use this form.


Free Computer Classes

The Chavez Library offers free computer classes for adults.  For more details check our events calendar.


After-Hours Bookdrop

There is one bookdrop that is open when the library is closed. It is located near the downstairs library entrance on Oak Street underneath the stairs. 



Free parking is available all day in the Civic  lot west of the Library (across Center Street). Parking is available on the streets surrounding the Library (except El Dorado), some spots free for a limited time, some metered.



If you have a personal collection or your club has a special display to show, the Cesar Chavez Library has a space where you can share them. 

There are three display spaces for reserve at the library for public use. 

Children's Area: locked case

Adult Area (downstairs): locked case

Adult Area (downstairs): open wall display

To reserve any of the above displays, contact Amy at or call 937-8221 and press 3 for Reference.


Library Gallery


A collection of previous winners of the California Ocean & Coastal Amateur Photography Contest is on exhibit on the Library Gallery wall through the month of June.  The photos range from gorgeous coastlines and beautiful birds to underwater sea life and happy kids.  All non-professionals, the photographers pay tribute to California’s spectacular natural resources.  This traveling exhibit is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and the Thank You Ocean Campaign.



Permanent Displays 

Sister Cities Exhibit


Donating Books to the Library

You may donate materials to the library by going to the Friends of the Library bookstore located at 1724 W. Hammer Lane in Stockton during their regular business hours: 

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMMonday & Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday & Sunday: CLOSED



Any persons 14 and above wishing to volunteer at the library can go to either the Storage Desk or the upstairs Reference Desk to pick up an application. All volunteers must be willing to commit to at least three months of service (2-4 hours per week).


Library News

Digital Media Download Site Launched


About Stockton

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