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About Us

Our mission statement/Nuestra Misión: RCPL cultivates community by welcoming all people to experience the shared joys of literacy and learning. La Biblioteca Pública de Redwood City cultiva comunidad dándoles la bienvenida a todas las persona para experimentar las alegrías compartidas de la lectura y el aprendizaje.

Service Priorities 2017-18

In the second half of 2016, the Library held a series of sixteen community dialogues that included over 200 individuals representing a diverse cross-section of the people of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. Five common themes emerged from these conversations in the form of community aspirations toward which the Library could contribute in a positive way. Our areas of focus and new service initiatives for the next two years were developed in service of these aspirations.

  • Aspiration 1: Redwood City is welcoming and inclusive, celebrates the diversity of our population, and enjoys a friendly, neighborly community spirit.
  • Aspiration 2: Redwood City provides opportunities for community members of all income levels.
  • Aspiration 3: Residents have more awareness of existing programs and services.
  • Aspiration 4: Redwood City is a safe place for children and families.
  • Aspiration 5: All Redwood City children have access to quality educational opportunities.

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Library Board

The Library Board consists of seven members, appointed by the City Council for terms of four years each.

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Reina Barragan

Janet Lawson

Lisa Hicks- Dumanske

Barbara Valley

Karen Schwarz

Hinda Chalew

 Cary Zuk-Mielke

Your Redwood City libraries by the numbers (2015-16 fiscal year)

  • Over 1.1 million items borrowed, including over 621,000 children’s items
  • Over 841,000 annual visits
  • Over 193,000 people attended over 11,000 library programs, including attendance of 177,000 children and family members at over 9600 children’s programs
  • Over 123,000 volunteer hours worked by community members of all ages
  • Over 58,000 active library card holders
  • Over 108,000 uses of public computers
  • Over 709,000 logins to our wireless network
  • Over 183,000 website visits
  • Over 90,000 eBooks checked out
  • Over 16,500 books added to the collection
  • Over 1100 community meetings held in Library meeting rooms
  • Over 1000 adult learners received instruction from Project READ tutors and met at least one of their individual learning goals.
  • Over 900 individual teens visited the Teen Center with a total annual attendance of 8500 visits


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