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


PRESS RELEASE 03/04/2013
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Main Branch to Close for Renovation
Contact : Monique le Conge, Library Director    (650) 329-2516

Palo Alto, CA –Main Library will close for major renovation on Tuesday, April 30 at 8 PM. The upgrade of Main Library  will be the last of three major facility improvements funded with proceeds of the $76 million bond measure (Measure N) passed by Palo Alto voters in November 2008.  On Friday, May 3 at 10 AM, Temporary Main Library will open in the Art Center Auditorium, at 1313 Newell Road.  Temporary Main Library will have a large collection of leased best sellers and non-fiction books sponsored by a generous grant from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.  Temporary Main Library opening hours will be: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 – 6 and Sunday 1 – 5.
Main Library will be closed for construction for approximately eighteen months and during the remodel Downtown Library and College Terrace Library will have extended hours to help meet customers’ needs.
Downtown Library will add evening hours and be open until 8 PM on Monday and Thursday.
College Terrace Library will add Thursdays from 12 – 6 PM

The project incorporates upgrades to the historic building’s structural, electrical and mechanical systems while preserving the integrity of architect Edwards Durrell Stone’s iconic design. The renovation includes new additions to the existing building in order to accommodate a new program room for the library, group study rooms and new public restrooms. The project targets Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification. 

The public is invited to attend a celebration marking the start of renovation of Main Library and opening of Temporary Main Library.  The event will be held:

  •     Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  •      3 - 5 PM
  •      Main Library Patio, 1213 Newell Road

For more information on the closure of Main Library, visit, and click on “Library Projects.”