The Palo Alto City Library connects our diverse community through knowledge, resources, and opportunities.  We nurture innovation, discovery, and delight.

The library has five branches, and we benefit from the combination of the superb Friends of the Palo Alto Library and an extremely generous public constituency. Through this support, the library is able to provide programming for all ages, enrich our collections and furnish our facilities.

In 2022, Palo Alto City Library was recognized by the Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service as a 5-star library. This is the highest possible recognition and an elevation from the previous year’s 4-star rating. Read the full news release here.

Library Documents


Palo Alto City Library Strategic Plan 2018 - 2021
Strategic plan of the Palo Alto City Library for 2018 - 2021
Revision Date: 11/16/2018 

Statistics and Reports

FY2020-2021 Annual Report(PDF, 13MB)

FY2020-2021 Annual Report
Revision Date: July 2021

FY2020 Annual Library Statistics Highlights(PDF, 33KB)

FY2020 Annual Library Statistics Highlights
Revision Date: 9/15/2020

Bridging Capital- New Directions for Learning, Innovation and Community(PDF, 299KB)

The Aspen Institute in partnership with the Palo Alto City Library and Community Services Department convened community leaders from diverse constituencies. The day-long roundtable in Palo Alto, California on September 13, 2018 focused on the key themes of learning, innovation and community. Participants examined how to align goals for service to residents of Palo Alto and consider creative and innovative pathways toward pursuing them.
Revision Date: 11/29/2018