El Cerrito Library

The El Cerrito Library is located at 6510 Stockton Avenue (next to Fairmont Elementary School and sharing a parking lot with the Open House Senior Center.) The library is part of the Contra Costa County Library.

Visit the El Cerrito Library website for information such as hours, events and collection details.

New hours for the El Cerrito Library
will begin on April 2, 2018!

The El Cerrito Library will now be open 50 hours each week. In the 2017-18 Adopted Budget, the City Council approved an increase in funding for extended library hours. Previously, the Library was open for 35 hours per week, funded by Contra Costa County, and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. The Council funded an additional 15 hours, a 42% increase over previous service levels, which allows the Library to be open every day. Contra Costa Library staff have worked to increase their staffing levels to support the new hours, and City staff is proud to partner with them to provide these services to our community.

The new library hours will be:
Monday 12-8
Tuesday 12-8
Wednesday 10-6
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5

Help Imagine a New El Cerrito Library

The City of El Cerrito is continuing the planning of our Library’s future. Last year we heard the community’s strong support for the Library in your feedback and at the ballot box.
A safe, energy efficient, 21st century library has been a priority of the City for over a decade. In July of 2017, the City Council re-affirmed their commitment to move ahead with planning for a new Library. City staff is actively evaluating potential sites and seeking to engage the whole community to gather input about priorities for a new Library.
Please help imagine a new El Cerrito Library by participating in a short survey to help us further understand El Cerrito Library’s needs and growth priorities. Your input counts! Go to the Open El Cerrito Forum to complete the El Cerrito Library Needs survey, or visit the El Cerrito Library at 6510 Stockton Avenue. This survey should take about 3 minutes to complete.
Visit here for more information and to sign up for updates on the planning for a new El Cerrito Library.

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Text a Librarian

Do you have a question for a librarian? Text "ccc" and your question to 66746 or snap the QR code to the right. Note: Questions are answered Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm except when the library is closed.

Contra Costa County Library Commission

The County Library Commission was created to serve in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian. The Library Commission is comprised of 29 members, including one representative from the City of El Cerrito. For more information about the Library Commission including what the Commission does, how to get involved and meeting information, visit

Friends of the El Cerrito Library

The Friends of the El Cerrito Library is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting library services in El Cerrito. Visit the Friends of the El Cerrito Library website.