Redwood City Public Library is pleased to offer support to veterans in the community through library resources, counseling services, and other programming.

Are you a veteran in crisis or concerned about a veteran?  You can contact the Veterans Crisis Line by phone (1-800-273-8255) or text (838255) for immediate assistance from an experienced counselor.

Library Resources


**Featured resource** VetNow provides career and benefits assistance for veterans AND their family members, including live benefits navigator, resume and interview coaching for military-to-civilian career transitions, and other academic support tools.

Redwood City Public Library provides access to books, films, music, computers, laptops, and Wi-Fi at four locations throughout the city and the North Fair Oaks community. 

The Downtown Library is also the site of the RCPL Veterans Connect Resource Center, a special collection of books, pamphlets, and other information of special interest to veterans and their families. We provide free print copies of the California Veterans Resource Book.

Veterans Resource Center Location

Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94062

Library Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

Volunteer Opportunities

Consider volunteering your time to work with veterans in the community! Veterans Benefits Coaches work one-on-one with veterans to navigate the federal and state benefits available to them.

Please contact Fiona Potter for more information about getting involved in either of these programs: or 650-780-7056

Local Resources – Benefits, Transition, Housing, Healthcare

  • San Mateo County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) provides a range of services to help veterans, their spouses, and their family members access state and federal benefits.
    • Address: 550 Quarry Road San Carlos, CA 94070
    • Phone: (650) 802-6598
  • Peninsula VetCenter provides eligible veterans with counseling and outreach services, referrals, and social activities to help facilitate readjustment to civilian life.
    • Address: 345 Middlefield Rd., Bldg. 1, Menlo Park, CA
    • Phone: (650) 617-4300
  • Canada College Veteran Resource and Opportunity Center supports veterans and their dependents who are pursuing educational and career goals.
    • Canada College Building 9, Rm 209
    • Phone: (650) 306-3250
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System provides a full range of health care services at locations across the Peninsula and South Bay, including Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
    • Palo Alto Division: 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    • Menlo Park Division: 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    • Phone: (800) 455-0057 or (650) 493-5000
  • NAMI San Mateo County provides support to individuals with major mental illness and their families
    • Phone: (650) 638-0800
  • Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to approximately 3,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year
    • Address: 1060 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    • Phone: (415) 252-4788

State Resources

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) supports California veterans and their families to access state and federal benefits. Phone: 1-800-952-5626

Featured resource: California Veterans Resource Book

Federal Resources

The Veterans Administration provides veterans access to the broad range of benefits and services they have earned through their service in the armed forces. 

Featured resource: Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

About Veterans Connect

In partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), the California State Library, and the Institute of Museum and Library Studies, Redwood City Public Library is pleased to help veterans and their families to learn about state and federal education, employment, housing, health, disability and other benefits that may be available to them. The special focus of this project is to provide information to reintegrate California veterans into the California workforce and our communities in order to provide veterans with the quality of life of other Americans. To learn more about the project please visit the Veterans Connect @ the Library website


Fiona Potter