News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/14/2014
Subject :

Mitchell Park Library and Community Center Receives Certificate of Occupancy
Rinconada Library On Track to Open in January
Contact : Brad Eggleston, Assistant Director Public Works    650-329-2636
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650-329-2607
Palo Alto, CA— Mitchell Park Library and Community Center received its official Certificate of Occupancy on Oct. 9, the final step before the doors to the new center are open to the public. City staff has already started moving into the new facility, and are busy preparing for a "soft" opening to the public in early November. The official grand opening celebration is scheduled for Dec. 6.  

The City has also received the temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the Rinconada Library, which is on track to open in January. Formerly known as Main Library, the Rinconada Library has been closed since the summer of 2013 for major renovations to the 56-year-old building. When reopened, the facility will include a new program room, study rooms and a teen center, along with upgraded electrical and mechanical systems. A “soft” opening is also planned prior to the grand opening celebration.

The Mitchell Park Library first opened in 1958 and occupied 9,478 square feet with a 10,400-square-foot community center added in 1967. The new, state-of-the-art facility boasts a combined 56,000 square feet, and includes such features as an environmentally-friendly facility; shelving for collection expansion, including books in international languages; an improved site plan with single entrance directly across from Mayview Avenue and safe corridors for children coming from the park and nearby schools; and varied and flexible library spaces—large children's room, separate teen room, computer training room, 100-person program room, and quiet reading areas. The Community Center will also include a greatly enlarged multi-purpose event room with kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 300 guests, flexible classrooms, a game room, a half-court basketball area, and a public café.   

For more information on the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center grand opening, visit