Walnut Creek has two public libraries that serve its residents – the Walnut Creek Library and the Ygnacio Valley Library. Each library is open 56 hours a week thanks to voters who, in 2002, approved Measure Q, which extended both libraries’ hours from 35 to 56 hours a week. Measure Q funds will run out in 2014 and the Walnut Creek City Council must take action to fund the additional 21 hours.
The Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries are part of the 27-branch Contra Costa County Library system. In addition, the Rossmoor Books-to-Go Program provides a book-delivery service for residents of Rossmoor.
The Walnut Creek Library and Ygnacio Valley Library are open Mon.-Thurs. 10AM – 8 PM, and 10AM – 6PM Fri. and Sat. Check the County Library website for further information about library holidays and closed dates.
The Las Trampas Conference Room and Group Study Rooms are available for free to the public. To reserve the Conference Room or a Group Study Room at the library, click here. To rent the Oak View Room, call 943-5858 or visit www.walnutcreekrec.org.
Patrons can access the library catalog, learn about programs, use online resources for job searches and genealogy, and inquire about job opportunities on the County Library Website.
Walnut Creek Library 925- 977-3340
Ygnacio Valley Library 925- 938-1481
Parking: The Walnut Creek Library has a surface lot and underground parking run by the City of Walnut Creek. There are 10 free 30-minute free spaces, and 120 metered spaces. Parking is $2 per hour and the meters take coins and credit cards. Parking in Walnut Creek can be a challenge and the library is a popular place for shoppers and diners in addition to library users.
If you plan to be at the library for a few hours, options include the Broadway Garage one block away, at Cypress and Broadway, for 50-cents per hour. Parking at Civic Park is free for 3 hours.
Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The Walnut Creek Library opened on July 17, 2010. Over 8,500 people visited on the first day, over 15,000 in the first week! The Library Foundation donated more than $5.2 million towards the building of the new library and continues to raise funds for the library’s collections, programs and materials. Visit the Donate page to support the libraries.
The Friends of the Walnut Creek Library operate a bookstore in the new Walnut Creek Library that is open during library hours. Books can be donated at the book drop on the east side of the library.
Ygnacio Valley Library
The Ygnacio Valley Library was opened in 1975 to serve the rapidly growing neighborhoods of the Ygnacio Valley. The library was made possible through a generous contribution of land and money by Mr. and Mrs. Thurman G. Casey, who once owned the property.
In 2004, the Walnut Creek Library Foundation raised more than $180,000 to renovate the Ygnacio Valley Library.
The Ygnacio Valley Library has a meeting mid-sized meeting room that can be reserved through the library. Call 925.938-1481 for details.
The Friends of the Ygnacio Valley Library have a book store at the entrance of the library, and hold quarterly book sales.
Ygnacio Valley Library Programs