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


PRESS RELEASE 12/10/2014
Subject :

Love Your Library Seven Days a Week
More Seven Day Library Service in 2015 with Opening of Renovated Rinconada Library
Contact : Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Library Director    (650) 329-2403
Palo Alto, CA - February is Library Lovers' month and the City of Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library (formerly Main Library) will celebrate its grand reopening on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.  It will once again provide the community with evening and seven day service. Renovation of the library began in 2013. Since then, an auditorium attached to the art center has been used to provide temporary library services. Additionally, hours had been temporarily expanded at the Downtown and College Terrace libraries to compensate for the closure of the former Main Library.

Beginning on Jan. 5, the Downtown Library and the College Terrace Library will resume their preconstruction hours. However, the Children’s Library will gain service hours and close at 6 p.m. every night except Sunday, when it will continue to close at 5 p.m.  In preparation for the move into the newly renovated Rinconada Library, the temporary Main Library will permanently close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

  • Downtown Library will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • College Terrace will follow the same schedule as Downtown, except it will again be closed on Thursdays. 
  • The newly renovated Rinconada Library will resume its seven day service and evening hours (open until 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays) with a soft opening later in January.
In November 2008, Palo Alto voters passed a $76 million bond measure (Measure N) to fund major facility improvements to three libraries and the Mitchell Park Community Center. The bond funded capital improvements, and through generous private contributions, the Palo Alto Library Foundation has supported the purchase of books, furniture and technology. Programming for the library system is supported largely through book sales that are run by the Friends of the Palo Alto City Library. Staffing the library is funded by the City of Palo Alto, and that funding has remained relatively flat. The slight increase in staffing will help support the increase in demand, but it remains insufficient to accommodate any significant change in library service hours.

"We are very proud that the City of Palo Alto provides excellent service in five different locations. The popularity of the newly opened Mitchell Park Library and Community Center is driving up demand and our staff is busier than ever.  We are offering more services and more current books. We provide everything from a growing eBook collection to streaming movies and excellent programs, to conference rooms that customers can check out on their library cards," Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said. “We expect that the newly renovated Rinconada library, with its beautiful space and new program room, will also usher in new customers and drive up demand further. Currently, the Mitchell Park Library and the Children’s Library provide seven day service, and we are looking forward to the opening of Rinconada and restoration of its seven day service. I hope you will love our libraries as much as I do. Please join us for what will be a very fun event on Valentine’s Day at the newly renovated Rinconada Library.”