Orange Public Library

407 East Chapman Avenue

Orange Public Library is located in the City of Orange, California. It was founded in 1885, making it one of the oldest public libraries in Orange County.
Postmaster Robert E. Tener donated his collection of about 300 books and ran the library as a private organization, using dues from the members to build and maintain the collection. The library itself was housed in the Post Office Building on South Glassell. It remained as a private organization until 1894 when it was turned over to the city.

In 1905, the collection needed a new building and was granted a Carnegie building to house the library on the corner of Center and Chapman, where the Main Library is still located today. In 1961, the original Carnegie building was demolished and the current 17,000 square foot building was erected, increasing in size to provide service to an anticipated population of 40,000.

Mission :

As the heart of the community,Orange Public Library welcomes and supports all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning.

Together we strive to preserve local history and to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and technology. We believe in the freedom to read, to learn, to discover.


James F. Haas

Friday, April 27, 2018
Good library. Horrible, harassing staff. Idiot, power mad miss use of tax money. I've stopped ALL my company's donations. Won't be back.

VincentPlays YT

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Good Place To Studying,Has A Lot Of Books,Great Staff

Carolyn Abano

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
I am so disappointed with the library. I go here constantly, about 3-5 days out of the week to work. There have been many instances where they are either rude, or straight up idiots. I always use their private room, which are available for reservation for a 2 hour period and today has just upset me so much. I asked if there was a room available, an older white guy with glasses says all the rooms are occupied and that it was first come first serve. First available room would be open at 2:30. A guy walks out of one of the rooms and I ask about it. He says there was a guy before me, but could not provide a name or recall who. It took him awhile. The part that confuses me, is why do they say first come first serve, when in reality they are making a list. If that was the case, take names (idiots!). Second, I am waiting at the table for a room to open and a guy comes up to the desk. Joanne the other library aide, knew I was waiting for a room. So she calls downstairs to see if it is available and finds an available room. Guess who she gives it to??? The guy who came 30 minutes after me. The people who work here are idiots, but the saddest thing??? You can't do anything about it. There's no way to make a complaint on the Public Library's website.

Faviola Moreno

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Love the children's section, I bring my kids every week. Great staff and service. Cute programs

Jennifer Lattanzi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The library claimed that I turned in a severely water damaged book back in November of 2016. They claimed that they sent me both an email and invoice. I received nothing. They no longer have the book. I am not paying for a book they can't show me. I know for a fact that when I turned it in there was nothing wrong with it. I put it in the return bin outside. They claim it's $14.99