News Releases

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
To receive e-mailed press releases sign up here.

Fair Oaks Branch Library Expansion and Renovation to Begin This February

Post Date:01/17/2018 1:19 PM


January 17, 2018

Media Contact:

Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office


Fair Oaks Branch Library Expansion and Renovation to Begin This February

Branch Library Closed During Construction with a Temporary Branch Location Available for Limited Library Services 

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. ----- The City of Redwood City announced today the Fair Oaks Branch of the Redwood City Public Library will begin construction to expand and renovate later this month thanks to support from the County of San Mateo Measure K funds, the City of Redwood City's Capital Improvement Program and the Redwood City Library Foundation.

During construction, which will expand the Library from 3,200 square feet to 3,800 square feet, the Fair Oaks Library at 2510 Middlefield Road will be closed and a temporary library space will open next door in the Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Road. The last day the Fair Oaks Branch Library will be open before construction begins is January 31 and the temporary location will open on February 5. From February 1 to 4, library patrons are encouraged to visit the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road. Downtown Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Construction is anticipated to begin on February 1 with a four month construction schedule. The new expanded and renovated Fair Oaks Branch Library is expected to reopen in June, in anticipation of the start of the Library's Summer Learning Challenge. The temporary library will provide computer and WiFi access; iPads and WiFi hotspots for checkout; ability to pick up library materials placed on hold; access to Library staff; and a very small collection of materials for browsing. Items checked-out at the Library may still be returned to the book drop outside the Fair Oaks Branch Library.

Service hours in the temporary library will be Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The regular Fair Oaks Branch Library Monday evening service from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday service will not be available during construction, but will return when the renovated Library reopens in June. The Library will be offering extended checkout beginning January 29, so borrowers can check out books, CDs, and DVDS that will not be due until June when the Fair Oaks Branch Library reopens.

The Fair Oaks Branch Library expansion and renovation seeks to better meet the needs of the community and will offer several exciting features, including:

  • New Teen Space with brand new technology and furniture
  • Bilingual Farmers Market Truck interactive play area to teach early literacy skills and nutrition
  • New children's furniture and shelving that can be easily moved to create more space for programs and activities
  • New comfortable adult seating for studying
  • New carpet and upholstery throughout the Library
  • More power outlets in table tops for plugging in laptops and phone chargers
  • New smaller ergonomic desk for staff

Besides the County of San Mateo and the City of Redwood City, other major Fair Oaks Branch Library expansion and renovation sponsors have supported the expansion by way of grants or donations to the Redwood City Library Foundation: Danford Foundation, DPR Construction, First Congregational Church, Kaiser Permanente, Latino Community Council of Redwood City, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Wells Fargo Foundation. Other significant donors include: Bay Area Graphics, LLC; Cargill; Provident Credit Union; Sequoia Healthcare District; Sims Metal Management; Joyce Abbott; David B. and Edward C. Goodstein Foundation; Dostart Development Company, LLC; Oracle Corporation; PG&E Corporation Foundation; Juan Raigoza; Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission; Redwood City International; Redwood General Tire; Rotary Club of Menlo Park; and Jeannie Stafford.

For additional information and visual representations of the renovations, please visit the Fair Oaks Branch Library project webpage at

For information about the Redwood City Public Library, go here,


About the City of Redwood City

The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


Return to full list >>