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ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1921. Headquarters: 431 City Drive South, Orange. Regional branches (3): Garden Grove at Stanford Avenue, Irvine at Heritage Park, San Juan Capistrano. Local branches (24): Brea, Costa Mesa at Park Avenue, Costa Mesa at Mesa Verde Drive, Cypress, El Toro, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove at Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove at Bailey Street, Irvine at University Park, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel at Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel at Niguel Road, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Seal Beach at Leisure World, Seal Beach at Rossmoor, Seal Beach at Electric Avenue, Silverado, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster. Operating budget: $19.9 million. Cardholders: 600,000. Volumes: 2 million. Total annual circulation (books and other materials): 7.8 million. Special collections: architecture & California history (San Juan Capistrano), art (Laguna Beach), black studies (Tustin), computers (Laguna Niguel-Crown Valley), costumes (Cypress), medicine (Seal Beach-Leisure World), music (Garden Grove Regional), Santa Ana Mountains history (Silverado), talking books (Westminster). Current favorite books: Tom Clancy, "The Cardinal of the Kremlin"; Judith Krantz, "Till We Meet Again"; Barbara Taylor Bradford, "To Be the Best"; Danielle Steel, "Zoya"; Charles Higham, "The Duchess of Windsor." MUNICIPAL ANAHEIM PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1901. Central library: 500 W. Broadway. Branches: Canyon Hills, Euclid, Haskett, Sunkist. Operating budget: $5 million. Cardholders: 80,700. Volumes: 375,000. Circulation 1.2 million. Special collections: science & technology, business, local & county history, Disney. Current favorites: Krantz; Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time"; T. Jefferson Parker, "Little Saigon." FULLERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1907. Central: 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. Branch: Hunt. Operating budget: $2.4 million. Cardholders: 60,400. Volumes: 252,000. Circulation: 1 million. Special collections: children's literature, social science, local and county history. Current favorites: Clancy, Steel, Higham. HUNTINGTON BEACH LIBRARY Founded: 1908. Central: 7111 Talbert Ave. Branches: Banning, Graham, Main Street. Operating budget: $2.7 million. Cardholders: 146,600. Volumes: 269,700. Circulation: 1 million. Special collections: business, genealogy. Current favorites: Clancy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Love in the Time of Cholera"; Kirk Douglas, "The Ragman's Son." NEWPORT BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1929. Main branch: Newport Center, 856 San Clemente Drive. Branches: Balboa, Corona del Mar, Mariners. Operating budget: $2.4 million. Cardholders: 30,000. Volumes: 180,000. Circulation: 630,000. Special collections: business, boating. Current favorites: Bradford; Krantz; Parker; Donald Trump, "Trump." ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1894. Central: 101 N. Center St. Branches: El Modena, Taft. Operating budget: $2 million. Cardholders: not available. Volumes: 333,690. Circulation: 662,640. Special collections: local history, biographies, children's books. Current favorites: Clancy, Steel, Krantz. SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1891. Central: 26 Civic Center Plaza. Branches: McFadden, Newhope. Operating budget: $3.18 million. Cardholders: 62,500. Volumes: 395,000. Circulation: 1 million. Special collections: business, local history, literary criticism, foreign-language works. Current favorites: Clancy; Victoria Holt, "India Fan"; Albert Goldman, "The Lives of John Lennon." YORBA LINDA PUBLIC LIBRARY Founded: 1913. Address: 18262 Lemon Drive. Operating budget: $1 million. Cardholders: 21,300. Volumes: 98,000. Circulation: 337,200. Special collections: business, California history, genealogy. Current favorites: Bradford; Robert Kowalski, "The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure." DISTRICTS BUENA PARK LIBRARY DISTRICT Founded: 1919. Address: 7150 La Palma Ave. Operating budget: $1.59 million. Cardholders: 34,500. Volumes: 174,000. Circulation: 437,000. Special collections: microcomputer works, literary criticism. Current favorites: Clancy; Krantz; James Michener, "Alaska." PLACENTIA LIBRARY DISTRICT Founded: 1919. Address: 411 E. Chapman Ave. Operating budget: $1 million. Cardholders: 14,000. Volumes: 113,600. Circulation: 231,300. Special collections: Arabic languages, philosophy. Current favorites: Clancy; Steel. Sources: Individual libraries

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