The California State Library issued its 2019 Annual Report, highlighting its work to support California’s 1,124 public library branches, provide research and information to policy makers and state employees, and preserve and share the state’s rich cultural heritage with all Californians.
In 2019, the State Library invested more than $33 million of state and federal funding in library-based programming supporting early childhood learning, family literacy, workforce readiness and digital innovation. Highlights include:
- Providing the state’s 6.2 million public school students with access to online educational resources through the K-12 Online Content Project
- Investing $7.3 million in state funding in local library-based literacy programs
- Lunch at the Library, which provided nearly 300,000 free summer meals to children and teens
- Connecting more than 900 public library branches to the same high-speed broadband network used by the University of California
“From bringing high-speed broadband to libraries across California to placing virtual reality stations in the state’s least resourced communities, we are constantly finding new ways to connect the Californians to the information and tools they need to succeed in the 21st century,” said Greg Lucas, California State Librarian.