Contra Costa County Library
|Location||Contra Costa County, California|
|Access and use|
|Director||Cathy Sanford, Interim County Librarian|
Contra Costa County Library is a public library that is part of Contra Costa County, California, United States. There are 26 community libraries, access to electronic information via a website, over 455,000 cardholders and more than 7 million items borrowed annually. Its headquarters are in Pleasant Hill.
Founded in 1913, the Contra Costa County Library brought a commitment to widespread, county-wide service. Prior to this time, libraries for the public included the Martinez Free Reading Room and Library Association established in 1896 and the Richmond Public Library established in 1909.
By the 1920s, there were over 40 branches and the Contra Costa County Library also provided service to 64 public schools. During the years following World War II, the Library began to reflect the newly developing suburban nature of the county it served. In the mid-1950s, the Library began an ambitious program to construct much larger branch buildings. This eventually led to the construction of most of the buildings that the Library uses today. Between 1958 and 1974, 15 of the 21 library buildings now in use were opened. Among these were the County's first central library and the adjacent administrative and technical services center, which opened in 1961. At the present time, there are 26 community libraries and an online service available anywhere.
The Pleasant Hill branch features a donated collection of historical books on California in a special cabinet in its adult fiction area.
There are 26 community library locations:
- Antioch (501 West 18th Street)
- Bay Point (205 Pacifica Avenue, Unincorporated area)
- Brentwood (751 Third Street)
- Clayton (6125 Clayton Road)
- Concord (2900 Salvio Street)
- Crockett (991 Loring Avenue)
- Danville (400 Front Street)
- Dougherty Station (17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, Unincorporated area)
- El Cerrito (6510 Stockton Avenue)
- El Sobrante (4191 Appian Way, Unincorporated area)
- Hercules (109 Civic Drive)
- Kensington (61 Arlington Avenue, Unincorporated area)
- Lafayette (3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.)
- Library-a-Go-Go (Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station, Discovery Bay: Sandy Cove Shopping Center, and El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station)
- Martinez (740 Court Street, under renovation through 2011. Interim library is located at the Old Train Depot, 401 Ferry Street)
- Michael Chavez Center (2699 Monument Boulevard Suite G, Concord)
- Moraga (1500 Saint Mary's Road)
- Oakley (1050 Neroly Road)
- Orinda (26 Orinda Way)
- Pinole (2935 Pinole Valley Road)
- Pittsburg (80 Power Avenue)
- Pleasant Hill (1750 Oak Park Boulevard)
- Prewett (4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch)
- Rodeo (220 Pacific Avenue)
- San Pablo (2300 El Portal Drive; inside Abella Shopping Center)
- San Ramon (100 Montgomery Street)
- Walnut Creek (1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek)
- Ygnacio Valley (2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek)
The library provides both physical and online collections. Users require a free library card to access most services.
Approximate figures for service use in the year 2009–2010 include 455,000 cardholders, and over 7 million items borrowed; 400,000 online subscription database searches, 600,000 items renewed online, 700,000 holds placed using the online catalog, 30,000 eBooks circulated, and 150,000 program attendees.
Project Second Chance Project Second Chance (PSC)], the Contra Costa County Library's adult literacy program, was founded in 1984. PSC offers basic literacy instruction by volunteers to adults. Since it began, the program has helped more than 4,000 people improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills.
- Official website of the Contra Costa County Library