Walnut Creek has two public libraries that serve central Contra Costa County – the Walnut Creek Library and the Ygnacio Valley Library. The libraries are part of the 27-branch Contra Costa County Library system.
Book drops are open for returns, but if they are full please return materials during library hours. Materials can be renewed online at ccclib.org, or by phone 1-800-984-4636.
Walnut Creek Library
Address: 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.
Parking: The Walnut Creek Library has a surface lot and underground parking garage 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. Underground parking will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. seven days a week. 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.
New Walnut Creek Library hours beginning July 1, 2021:
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ygnacio Valley Library
Address: 2661 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek, CA 94598
The Ygnacio Valley Library is currently closed. As of Saturday, June 12, the Ygnacio Valley Library is no longer serving as a COVID-19 testing site. This summer the library will undergo a deep cleaning and parking lot repair and will be inaccessible while the work is underway. The library is expected to reopen to the public in early fall.
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.
Parking: The Ygnacio Valley Library has a free surface lot.