A Special Note
The Library continuously freshens and updates its collections with popular and appealing new materials. To make room, we must also continuously de-select materials that have become worn, dirty, damaged, outdated and are no longer of interest to the general public. We offer these de-selected books to our Friends of the Library groups to resell to benefit the Library. We also offer them to non-profit organizations.
We are currently updating our procedures for de-selection, redistribution and recycling of materials at Alameda County Library. This update of our procedures is being done in accordance with professional best practice and is being informed by surrounding Bay Area Library procedures. As part of this update, we will be introducing a priority list for the redistribution of materials, so that, once our materials are discarded, they can go to additional community partners and non-profit agencies. Any items that remain will continue to be recycled, as they are now, as part of our County-wide sustainability initiatives. The books are not thrown away as trash.
Library Administration Welcomes You
Welcome to the Alameda County Library
County Librarian: Carmen Martinez
The Alameda County Library in the San Francisco Bay Area provides library services from ten branch libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Outreach services are provided through the Bookmobile, the Literacy Program, the Senior Outreach Program, and the County Jails.
The County Library was established in 1910 and is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises County Librarian Carmen Martinez and the Board of Supervisors on library services.
The County Library is funded primarily by local property taxes, with additional revenue from State grants and contracts with cities for additional open hours and services. The Board of Supervisors allocates a portion of a utility users and business license tax which is collected only in the unincorporated areas of the County to the Library for service to the unincorporated areas. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active Friends or Library League groups in each community support library programs and services.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM