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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, Hindi and Filipino. 


The Library has over 20 computer workstations with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Internet use, and additional computers reserved for teens and children. We also provide wireless internet access, along with printing, scanning and fax services (fee charged for printing and faxing).


Newspapers and magazines are available for browsing.


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


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


Our new MakerSpace has 3-D printers, cutting machine, watercolor bot, and VR game system, with more to come.


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.


Our Programs

Programs for Children
Preschool Playtime Tuesday 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime Thursday 10:30 am
Family Storytime Saturday 11:30 am
Family Game Time 1st Thursday 3:30 pm
Academic Assistance    
Homework Help Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30 pm
SAT/ACT Practice Tests 3rd Saturday 12:00 - 4:30 pm live online homework help Every day  3:00 - 11:00 pm
Programs for Adults and Teens    
Computer Classes weekly check calendar
Maker Space





4:00 - 7:00 pm

2:00 - 5:00 pm

2:00 - 5:00 pm

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Book Discussion Group 1st Tuesday 10:30 am
Genealogy Helpers 1st & last Tues 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Teen Crafternoon 3rd Thursday 4:00 -5:00 pm

 For more information on these and other programs please visit 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 Kendra at or call 937-8221 and press 3 for Reference.



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 PM

Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday & Sunday: CLOSED



Library News

Digital Media Download Site Launched


About Stockton

City web site: