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Department Mission Statement

Our Library is for everyone. We are a free resource helping our community connect, create and learn.

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Department Overview

The Library offers free materials, services, programs, and facilities for the community to connect, create, and learn. The Library provides informational, reference, readers’ advisory, and technology assistance in person, via email, and via phone.

Library resources are available in a variety of formats, including print, media, and digital, and are regularly assessed to meet the changing needs of the community. Convenient access to physical materials from other libraries is made possible through the Library’s participation in a regional resource-sharing cooperative.

Digital resources are available 24/7 in the form of e-books, databases, streaming media, and access to sites that promote information literacy, digital literacy, financial literacy, and workforce development, among others. The Library provides programs for all ages which aim to entertain, educate, and celebrate the diversity of the community.

The Library provides a welcoming, well-maintained, and safe facility for customers to enjoy with comfortable seating, study tables, internet computers, WiFi, and study rooms. A dedicated Children’s Room and a space reserved for teen use are available to provide services specific to those groups. The building also features the History Center, which houses a collection that is historically significant to Mountain View and Santa Clara County. Library materials and services are offered outside the facility through outreach to homebound customers and a Mobile Library Vehicle that makes stops at schools, corporate locations, senior facilities, and other community locations.

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