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San Ramon's Libraries

There are two public libraries in San Ramon, California. The main San Ramon Library is located in the Marketplace Shopping Center at 100 Montgomery St., directly across Bollinger Canyon Road from Central Park and the San Ramon Community Center. The Dougherty Station Library branch is located at 17017 Bollinger Canyon Rd.

The city of San Ramon is located in Contra Costa County, California. As such, it is serviced and supplemented by the 34-connecting branches of the Contra Costa County Library community. These branches stretch from Antioch all the way to Ygnacio Valley.

As part of Contra Costa County, San Ramon enjoys excellent public facilities including recreation and public services. The residents in cities of Contra Costa County including Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Lafayette are similarly well-connected with the arts and value education.

San Ramon Library
The popular San Ramon Library, as part of the Contra Costa County Library system, is not only an outstanding resource of a wide variety of books and other materials. It also serves as an important center of community life. The main branch is located in the Marketplace Shopping Center at 100 Montgomery St., directly across Bollinger Canyon Road from Central Park and the San Ramon Community Center. The Dougherty Station Library branch is located at 17017 Bollinger Canyon Rd.

The push for a quality library to serve the children and adults of the community got its start soon after the city was incorporated, with the formation of the San Ramon Library Foundation in 1985. The nonprofit group spearheaded a fundraising drive, as well as planning for the building’s design. More than $300,000 was added to city funds, leading to the library’s opening in 1989.

Today the library houses more than 80,000 materials, and features a large children’s area and story room, an area for teens, computers, and free wireless Internet access. There are also audiobooks, movies, CDs, research databases, resources for job seekers, and a wide variety of classes for children, teens and adults.

The San Ramon Library is especially well known for its extensive jazz collection and annual jazz concerts, thanks to the support of the foundation. More than 1,200 CDs, 124 videos, and 220 books are available for checkout from the collection. The beloved “More Jazz at the Library” fall concert series launched in 1996, when the library was selected as the only California location for a traveling Smithsonian Institution jazz exhibit. To celebrate the distinction, the library hosted public jazz programs and assemblies at local schools featuring musicians, writers, and scholars. The music performances were so popular that the library presented “More Jazz at the Library” the following year, and the series was born.

The current incarnation of San Ramon’s main library building (100 Montgomery Street, San Ramon, 925-973-2850) began back in the mid-80s with the formation of the San Ramon Library Foundation. This coalition of business, community, and civic leaders came together with a plan to upgrade and expand the city’s library services. And now, with everyone’s help, the library has become the nexus of culture and education in the city. In addition, the Dougherty Station Library is located just two miles west of the main branch (17017 Bollinger Canyon Road, 925-973-3380). Together, these two facilities do an outstanding job of providing the community with convenient and fully staffed library services.

The San Ramon library is open every day of the week (except for noted holidays), and packs an amazing amount of events into its daily calendar. Most of these events are geared toward families and school children. But the library doesn’t neglect any of its customers. For example, semi-regular jazz concerts, exhibits, and lectures have been a big part of the library’s scheduling since 1995. The ongoing concerts, in particular, have done a great job of coalescing and defining the existing jazz scene in the greater San Ramon area.

San Ramon Library is located at the Marketplace Shopping Center at 100 Montgomery Street, directly across Bollinger Canyon Road from Central Park and the San Ramon Community Center.

San Ramon Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m., Sundays.

Dougherty Station Library

The Dougherty Station Library is located at the Dougherty Station Community Center, opened in 2005. The 11,600-square-foot library was built for joint use with the San Ramon Campus of Diablo Valley College, to meet a growing population of young people and families in the area.  Specifically designed to include new technologies, the branch includes a computer lab, free wireless Internet access, and 44 public computer terminals. There’s a community room, study rooms, and unique seating areas for young people and families.

The Dougherty Station Library branch is located at 17017 Bollinger Canyon Road. The Library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; the branch is closed on Sundays.

San Ramon Library Foundation

The San Ramon Library Foundation remains highly active in supporting the current library, as well as the future of library services for the city. Volunteers raised monies for furnishings and equipment at the Dougherty Station Library, and provided funds to keep the main library open on Sunday afternoons. The foundation also pledged $100,000 to provide funding for a scheduled new library in the planned City Center project. The foundation is always looking for volunteers, as well as donations of both money and materials.

Since its inception in 1985, the San Ramon Library Foundation has played a big part in keeping both of the city’s libraries relevant to its constituency. Through diligence and teamwork, the organization has provided money to supplement shrinking government budgets, implemented after school programs, and established long-running adult programming. In addition to everything else, the foundation also hosts four popular book sales throughout the year. These seasonal sales feature a bevy of used books, CDs, videos, and DVDs.

About Contra Costa County Libraries

The cities in Contra Costa County represent the San Francisco Bay Area’s primary suburban community. Along with San Ramon, some of these cities include Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Lafayette. Education, being well-informed, and often on the cutting edge of emerging technology are important to its residents. The community has a committed network of libraries to help disseminate timely information. The Contra Costa Library consortium serves this need with more than 30 connecting facilities working together—each one with its own unique strengths. Information, education, culture, and arts (with a dash of tea and sympathy) are the keys to an enriched life. Without question, the two libraries in San Ramon understand this perfectly.