1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002
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Flooded in natural light from floor to ceiling windows that overlook the heritage oaks of Belameda Park, the Belmont Library offers tranquil space for reading, reflection and study at the same time that it invites vibrant community interaction. Neighbors reconnect while browsing through the new books of our “Marketplace.” Folks of all ages love to nestle around the fireplace of our cozy reading room or bask on our sunny patio with a good book. Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home. We were dubbed a “snug gem” by the San Francisco Chronicle, an endearment we’re proud of.
Our services and amenities, free and open to all, include:
- an eclectic, up-to-date collection of books, magazines, books on CD, music CDs, downloadable books and music, and DVDs
- multimedia foreign language collections including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, and Spanish
- daily story times for babies through preschool
- an adjacent playground
- weekly computer classes
- weekly book discussion groups for all ages
- weekly teen-friendly programs ranging from gaming to crafts
- a wide range of educational and entertaining family programs
- a wide range of educational and entertaining adult programs
- monthly author visits from such celebrated writers as Michael Chabon, Leonard Downie Jr., Robert Stone, Walter Mosley, Greg Mortenson, Laurie King and Val McDermid
Come and enjoy what we have to offer!
The Friends of the Belmont Library operate a small bookstore in the lobby of the library that is open the same hours as the library. In addition, they also operate a Book Nook at Twin Pines Park. The Book Nook is open from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on the 2nd Saturday and the following Sunday and 4th Friday and the following Saturday of every month. The Friends of the Belmont the Library also produce 2 large blow-out weekend book sales a year, usually in December and May.
The Belmont Friends of the Library do accept book donations. Small donations may be dropped off at the library. Large donations need to be reviewed by Adele Carney. Adele may be contacted at 650.593.5650. The following will not be accepted for donation:
- Damaged or soiled books
- VHS tapes
- CDs or DVDs without cases and/or covers
- Out-of-date textbooks
- Out-of-date computer books
- Out-of-date encyclopedias
- ADA Computer: specialized PC with large monitor, font, keyboard mouse and joystick
- Handicapped parking spaces
- Accessible restrooms
- The Belmont Rotary Club Homework Place provides drop-in tutoring for students in grades 3-12 from 3-6 pm Monday through Fridays.
- The Homework Place is equipped with 4 computers for use on homework assignments.
- The Taube Community Room is mainly used for library events. Community organizations that wish to use the room need to fill out an application with the Belmont Parks and Recreation Department and pay a $25 processing fee.
- The Belmont Library has 3 study rooms which may be reserved up to 30 days in advance. During the school year, we give priority to students from 3-5 pm Monday through Friday. This policy is in place in order to encourage students to take advantage of these resources. These rooms can seat a maximum of 5 people.
- Librarians are trained to help patrons use the IRS website to get state and federal forms online.
- ***Friends of the Belmont Library - provides financial support and advocacy for library programs and services
- American Association of University Women – produces educational programming of topical interest
- Belmont Department of Parks and Recreation – transports seniors from the Senior and Community Center at Twin Pines Park to the Library on Wednesday mornings.
- Belmont Gardening Club – donates flower arrangements for the Fireplace Reading Room
- Carlmont High School – gives credit for students to attend literary events at the library and mounts student literary events, such as the spring poetry slam, at the library.
- Girl Scouts of America - volunteer work hours in order to win service awards
- M is for Mystery Bookstore co-sponsors free author events
- Peninsula Humane Society – produces a monthly reading program, Paws for Tales (PDF, 725 KB)
- Princeton Review – offers free SAT practice tests in the library twice a year.
- Ralston Middle School Band and Chorus – contributes to musical story times during school vacations
- San Mateo Bar Association – supplies lawyers for a free monthly consultation program
- Sequoia Union High School District WorkAbility Program – provides paid library work experience for disabled youth to help them successfully transition into the world of work.
- M is for Mystery Bookstore - free author events
- The San Francisco Giants "Read to Win" program
- United States Census Bureau
- Be Counted program
- Questionnaire Assistance Center
- Belmont Oaks Academy
- Carlmont High
- Central Elementary School
- Charles Armstrong School
- Cipriani Elementary School
- Fox Elementary School
- Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Nesbit Elementary School
- Notre Dame Elementary
- Notre Dame High School
- Notre Dame de Namur University
- Ralston Intermediate School
- San Carlos Charter Learning Center
- Serendipity School
- Tierra Linda Middle School