Established in 1960 with the merging of two existing city libraries, the Kranj City Library serves as the regional library as well as a cultural and information centre for Gorenjska. In 2011 the library moved to newer, state-of-the-art premises. In addition to managing branches in Stražišče, Naklo, Preddvor, Šenčur, Cerklje na Gorenjskem, and Jezersko, it also runs a mobile library. The Library Association of Gorenjska is based at the library.
The library is notable for its digital collection of books and multimedia items on the region and its people, and for a collection of poetry editions by and secondary literature on renowned Slovene Romantic poet France Prešeren, who lived in Kranjfor a period of time. It hosts various event for all ages, for example, literary evenings, author presentations, exhibitions, educational courses, book clubs, story-telling hours, and creative workshops.