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Palo Alto City Library
Fall is nearly here, and the Palo Alto City Library is reopening locations and expanding hours! We reopened College Terrace and Downtown Libraries on August 26. You can visit on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 PM to 5 PM. In the fall, the Library plans to expand hours on Thursdays and Fridays, as well as include a weekend day at College Terrace and Downtown Libraries. Additionally, hours will expand at Mitchell Park and Rinconada. Please read our Reopening Plans for more information.
Starting Wednesday, September 1, the maximum number of holds allowed on a customer account will be reduced from 30 to 20 holds. This change comes as we reopen branches and expand hours at our locations, with less support staff. We are still providing the highest hold allowance among libraries in Santa Clara county, where most allow only 10–15 holds per customer. We appreciate your understanding as we move to reopen and maintain our quality of services to our community during this ongoing pandemic. 
Pick up your Summer Reading Program prizes at Children’s, Mitchell Park or Rinconada Library through September 7! Please share your Summer Reading Feedback with us too!  
Don’t forget to VOTE on September 14! Ballot boxes are at Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries, as well as City Hall. Find out more about the California Gubernatorial Recall Election and have your plan ready!   
The Friends of Palo Alto Library will be holding their monthly book sale on September 11 & 12. Many thanks to our Friends for supporting library collections and events.  

Come Visit Us!

All five branches are now open for browsing, pickups and computer use. Masks are once again required for all visitors 3 years and up and seating is still limited.   

Hours of Operation:

  • Children's Library: 
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays: 1–5 PM 
  • College Terrace Library:
    • Thursdays & Fridays: 1–5 PM 
  • Downtown Library:
    • Thursdays & Fridays: 1–5 PM 
  • Mitchell Park Library: 
    • Tuesday–Thursday: 2–8 PM 
    • Fridays & Saturdays: 12–5 PM 
  • Rinconada Library: 
    • Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 10–5 PM
    • Thursdays: 2–8 PM  
Keep up with all the changes to our Current Library Services on our website

Virtual Events

STEAM Lab Saturday: Earth Science with Sophia Qin
Join us from some exciting September virtual events, including:  Look for more Virtual Events on our website, including storytimes (Tuesday through Saturday at 11 AM on Facebook Live!), book clubs and ESL programs!  

From Our eLibrary

HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasure rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. View this introduction video to learn about the collections and get started with family history research.

Access our eLibrary 24/7 and a variety of other online resources with your library card!
Join the City's Wellness Wednesdays series focused on building community wellness! Register to attend the next webinar on September 15 at 5 PM.

Staff Picks

Need an idea for what to read next? Our librarians are enjoying The Disaster Days, The Midnight Library, Pho Love Story, A Sitting in St. James, This Will All Be Over Soon, and The Magic Fish!

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