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Summer is slowly coming to end, but there’s still so much fun to be had at the Library! If you signed up for our Summer Reading Program, you can come in and pick up your prizes starting Tuesday, August 2. If you haven’t quite reached your goal, you have the whole month to keep logging your reading. Make sure to complete the program and pick up your prize by September 3 at Children’s, Mitchell Park or Rinconada Libraries. For every participant who completes the program, we’ll donate $1 to the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) in your name. We’re happy to give to a great organization that looks to improve the lives of everyone in our community. We hope this gift inspires all of our readers to reach their goals this summer!  
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Come Visit Us!

Read our Current Library Services page for available services. We still highly recommend wearing masks when visiting our locations.  
Children's Library
10 AM–6 PM 
Downtown Library
10 AM–6 PM 
College Terrace Library
10 AM–6 PM 
Mitchell Park Library
TUE, WED, THU: 10 AM–9 PM 
FRI & SAT: 12 PM–6 PM 
Rinconada Library
TUE & WED: 10 AM–6 PM 
THU: 12 PM–8 PM 
FRI & SAT: 10 AM–6 PM 

FOPAL Book Sale

Support the Friends of the Palo Alto Library monthly book sale on August 13 & 14!


Join us for some exciting August in-person and virtual events, including:

All Ages:

Kids Events:

Teen Events:

Adult Events:  

Look for more Summer Streams and Online Programs  


With ComicsPlus, you can enjoy unlimited access to thousands of manga, graphic novels, art books and comics. No holds, wait lists, or monthly borrowing limits. Read on your computer, tablet or phone!

Staff Picks

Need an idea for what to read next? Our librarians are enjoying The Chosen and the Beautiful, The Dawn of Everything, Olga Dies DreamingCece Rios and the Desert of Souls, and Daughter of the Moon Goddess.

Check out other staff-curated lists or ask a librarian for recommendations through our Shelf Made service.
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