ALAMEDA COUNTY LIBRARY FACTS
Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave. Albany, CA 94706: The Albany Library serves the 18,000 residents of Albany, as well as the nearby communities of Berkeley, Oakland and El Cerrito. The City of Albany provides additional hours of service through funds, passed by the voters in 1994 and 2006. The current library building was designed by Marquis Associates and opened in January 1994. Two-thirds of the funding for the new building was provided by the California Library Construction & Renovation Bond Act of 1988, through a grant administered by the State Library. Other funding came from the City of Albany and private donations.
The Alameda County Library Bookmobile, a vibrant, traveling library that houses materials and resources for all ages, including: fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, Large Type books, books on CD, and a staff that’s always glad to help you find what you’re looking for. With your Alameda County Library card, items can be borrowed and returned just as you would at any of our brick-and-mortar libraries. The Bookmobile visits schools, daycares, senior housing facilities, apartments, neighborhoods and community centers on a three-week rotation. The Bookmobile creates a community wherever it goes, and is a wonderful place to browse, meet neighbors, and expand horizons. Click here for the schedule and contact information.
Castro Valley Library 3600 Norbridge Avenue Castro Valley, CA 94546: The Castro Valley Library serves the residents of Castro Valley and neighboring cities providing modern facilities with, free computers, wifi, and 125,000 Books, CD’s and DVD’s in addition to services and programs for all ages. Spacious meeting rooms are available for community groups to schedule. Additional Features:
- Audio Visual Collection for Children & Adults
- International Language collection
- 58 public computers, wireless Internet access
- Multipurpose Education Center
- 145 parking spaces
- Quiet Reading Area
- Spacious community meeting room
- Castro Valley Library Public Art Catalog
- Cafe, Bookstore, Outdoor Patio and more!
- Cost: $22,276,464 ($13.9 million from State Bond)
- Architect: Noll and Tam, Berkeley, Ca
- Opened October 31, 2009
Centerville Library 3801 Nicolet Ave. Fremont, CA 94536: This library serves a population of over 523,000 in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark, Union City, and the unincorporated areas of Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo.
Dublin Library 200 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA 94568: The Dublin Public Library is an open, welcoming, family friendly place, committed to enriching lives and creating opportunity through the love of reading, the joy of learning, and by engaging with people of all ages and diversity to build an informed and thriving community.
Fremont Library 2400 Stevenson Blvd Fremont, CA 94538: Fremont Main is the largest building and has the highest circulation in the Alameda County Library family and shares its building with the Alameda County Library Administration. The current building was dedicated in 1989 and is home to the Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History, and the Fukaya public meeting rooms.
Irvington Library 41825 Greenpark Dr. Fremont, CA 94538: This serves the residents of Fremont. Irvington is a neighborhood library located across the street from Irvington High School. The 5,760 sq. ft. library has over 37,500 items, which include books, magazines and newspapers, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes.
Newark Library 6300 Civic Terrace Ave. Newark, CA 94560: This Library is located at the far end of the Civic Center complex, off Newark Blvd., just south of Thornton Ave. The 15,000 sq. ft. Newark Library has over 74,095 items, including books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs, and books on CD. It was designed by architect Aaron Green and opened to the public in 1983. The design includes special areas for preschoolers, school age children, teens, adults, and seniors.
Niles Library 150 I St Fremont, CA 94538: This library, along with the Centerville, Irvington and Fremont Main Library, provides materials, programs and services for the residents of Fremont. Niles is a 21,000 sq. ft. neighborhood library that has over 11,000 items, which include books, magazines and newspapers, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes.
San Lorenzo Library 395 Paseo Grande San Lorenzo, CA 94580: This Public Library offers a wonderful array of materials and services. The Library instills the love of reading and learning starting with preschool storytimes and continues to engage people of all ages and diverse walks of life to build an informed and thriving community. The Library’s friendly staff is always ready to help you find books, movies, music, computer assistance, and more. Come to the Library’s service desk for help with questions of any kind. The current facility opened in 1968 and was nearly doubled in size in 2015. San Lorenzo area residents provide additional support to the library through a Utility Users Tax.
Union City Library 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. Union City, CA 94587: This Library located in the Civic Center complex across the street from James Logan High School serves the 70,000 residents of Union City as well as the nearby communities of Fremont, Hayward, and Newark. Partnership with the City allows the Library to stay open 7 days a week and Union City Library has the third largest circulation of Library materials in the County system. The Library offers a collection of over 100,000 items including a growing DVD and CD book collection. Special features of the collection include items in Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog. Other services include free internet access, free wireless access, a typewriter, photocopiers, and text enlarger. A meeting room is available for use by community groups free of charge.