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


PRESS RELEASE 02/04/2015
Subject :

Rinconada Library Opens Its Doors to the Public
Enjoy Its Official Party on Feb. 14
Contact : Eric Howard, Assistant Library Director    (650) 329-2668
Palo Alto, CA – Rinconada Library, formerly Main Library, opened its doors to the public today in a "soft" launch that will allow community members to have full access to the renovated facility while staff continues to make final operational adjustments in preparation for the Grand Re-Opening on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Renovation of the Rinconada Library includes four new study rooms (which can be reserved on a program room, a new lobby, better lighting, air conditioning, ecological and building upgrades and more. 

Rinconada Library hours are Monday and Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. (Though the library will be opening an hour late on Feb. 14 in preparation for the opening ceremony that begins at 11 a.m.) For hours at the other four library branches, click here

Make sure to join the Library on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, to celebrate Library Lovers Month and the grand re-opening. On April 7, 2014, City Council voted to rename the 56-year-old library. The library’s collection will honor its namesake by supporting the interests represented by the institutions on the Rinconada campus, including the Art Center, the Children’s Theater, community gardens and the Junior Museum and Zoo. It will also host a portal to the Foundation Center, a powerful resource that helps connect customers and nonprofits to funders and grants. Additionally, it will also host a local author collection. 

Celebrate Rinconada Library’s grand re-opening with a full day of activities. Patrons can declare their love for the library through a craft project, enjoy a visit from a live snake while listening to a story, learn from an expert on searching for grants and funders, experience the library’s makeX program, listen to music from the Firebird Chinese Orchestra, learn new facts about birds from local author Mike Spinack, tour the library’s outdoor artwork, including Brilliance by artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock who created a family of six sculptures composed of statements collected from the citizens of Palo Alto in a variety of languages reflecting the community’s cultural diversity. The day’s activities will also include exploring interesting facts about nearby trees, a children’s storytelling program, and a presentation on the Palo Alto City Library’s past, present and its future.

For more information on the grand re-opening and the Library, visit