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Archived News Release from 2009

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Downtown Library to be Temporarily Closed During December for Installation of New Heating/Air Conditioning System

Redwood City, CA - November 4, 2009 - The Redwood City Downtown Library will be closed for approximately 35 days for the installation of a new heating and air conditioning system, beginning Monday November 30th, 2009, with an expected reopening on Monday January 4th, 2010. This is a major construction project, and so in the interest of public safety the Library must be closed while it is in progress. The new system will be significantly more efficient, saving the City energy, reducing the building’s carbon footprint, and saving money on power bills.

During this temporary closure, the Library will also be building a new teen center, adding three new study rooms, expanding the area used by the Project READ literacy program, and upgrading the technology lab. All of this work is designed to create a more comfortable, inviting, usable, and improved experience for the tens of thousands of library patrons who visit each year.

Even though this will be a temporary inconvenience, library visitors are encouraged to use this as an opportunity to fully explore Redwood City’s three branch libraries, including the newest library at Redwood Shores where a new café has just opened. Two branch libraries (Schaberg and Fair Oaks) will have extended hours to help accommodate more customers.

All public programs that normally take place at the Downtown Library will be suspended for the construction period, but the library’s collection of books and other materials can still be accessed online – items placed on hold for library patrons can be picked up at the Schaberg Branch Library instead of the Downtown Library. The book drops at the Downtown Library will remain open for returning materials.

Redwood City and the Redwood City Public Library apologize for this inconvenience, but remind patrons that these improvements will make their “Five-Star” Downtown Library even better, and help to save a lot of energy too!

Here are the library locations and hours – during construction at the Downtown Library, everyone is encouraged to visit one of the three branch libraries in the Redwood City Public Library system:

  • Downtown Library,1044 Middlefield Road, 780-7018
    CLOSED 11/30/09 – 1/3/10

  • Schaberg Branch Library, 2140 Euclid Avenue, 780-7010
    Hours are Monday - Thursday: 10-7
    Temporary Extended Hours at Schaberg: Friday/Saturday: 10-5; Closed Sunday

  • Fair Oaks Branch Library, 2510 Middlefield Road, 780-726
    Hours are Monday – Thursday: 10-7 Friday: 10-5
    Temporary Extended Hours at Fair Oaks: Saturday: 10-5; Closed Sunday

  • Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway, 780-5740
    Hours are Monday - Thursday: 10-8; Closed Friday; Saturday: 10-5; Sunday: 12-5

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at  or call 780-7026.

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Dave Genesy
Library Director


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