Library Hours Expansion Update

The Library is starting 2023 with expanded hours at Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries. Starting Saturday, January 21, please note the new hours of operation on the following days and locations: Mitchell Park Library: Fridays & Saturdays: 10-6 PM Rinconada Library: Sundays: 10-6 PM We will also be moving forward with adding an additional day…
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Palo Alto Library Service Enhancements Planned

Palo Alto Libraries are currently recruiting additional staff, including Library Specialists and Library Clerks. Once staff recruitments are completed, the Library will be expanding hours at Downtown, Children's, and College Terrace branches to four days per week. Additional plans are underway to expand hours at Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries in early 2023. As updates…
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November Library Closures Planned

The Palo Alto City Library will be closed on the following days in November: Friday, November 4: Staff Professional Development Day Friday, November 11: Veterans Day Thursday & Friday, November 24–25: Thanksgiving   All five locations will reopen the following Saturdays: Children’s, College Terrace, Downtown & Rinconada Libraries: 10 AM–6 PM Mitchell Park Library: 12…
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A Year in Review

Due to the pandemic and other expected changes in City revenues, resources have been limited across the organization. This includes The Library Department budget, which remains below pre-pandemic levels for Fiscal Year 2022 and has resulted in reduced staff and service hours compared to FY 2020. The unprecedented and challenging impact of COVID-19 pandemic prompted…
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Phased Re-opening Plan

The Palo Alto City Library is looking forward to phased reopening of our branches for browsing and pickups. Reopening under City, County and CDC guidelines is starting this month! Keep an eye out for updates and changes to Sidewalk Service as the Library reopens.  The Children’s Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April…
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