The Ygnacio Valley library is an older, but well-maintained, neighborhood library, especially popular with nearby residents of eastern Walnut Creek. Given its size, it’s book catalog can only be so large, but the ability to order books from the Contra Costa library system and have them delivered here makes that almost irrelevant. And of course that with theWith the app, you can get books sent directly to your Kindle or hear them on audio.\n\nThere’s always a healthy sized collection of used books for sale in the entrance lobby, a highlight of the library. I have definitely found some keepers here. The children’s corner is a nice resource for young families.\n\nI would have to concur with those reviewers that mention afterschool times can be a noisy experience. Young kids stream in then, hang around outside, and the parking lot fills with parents avoiding more crowded at-school pickups. The front of the library does seem relatively calmer than the back where socializing kids tend to hangout. \n\nCertainly not all kids are disruptive, and I feel sorry for those attempting to do their homework amidst the distractions. For older patrons needing quiet, mornings and early afternoons are usually better.
Many of the other reviews are accurate. Its hours are pretty good by today’s standards(nowadays people are happy that a library is open 6 days a week). They are open until 8 on mon to thurs. They actually have better hours than the pleasant hill library which is bigger and at least in the past was designated the central library. Parking is usually not a problem except around the period the school gets out nearby. I would advise not coming to this library during that time during the week. The school kids come and take over the library. There are parents just waiting in the cars in front of the library and taking up the spaces in the parking lots waiting for their kids. The library gets too noisy during this period and the kids hang out in the library playing around and making a lot of noise. \n At least for me this library appears it is mainly set up for the school kids in the areas. The tables are usually used by school kids and kids being tutored. Not a larger number of computers available compared to other libraries in the area. As the other reviewers have said you should not go to this library expecting a quiet environment to relax or study. It can get noisy at any time of the day because of the size and layout of the building but it gets even worse in the afternoon after the schools get out.
I live a few blocks away from this library so we frequently walk here on nice days. This library is old and small but it serves it’s purpose and my kids love it. They have great reading programs that my daughter really enjoys. I love their check out system; my daughter insists on checking out her own books because it makes her feel like a big girl!
This library seems to be free after school childcare for the school down the road. The kids take over after 2:00 and are LOUD. You cannot hear yourself think if you are anywhere near the back corner where they all gather. They make no attempt to be quiet, and the library staff makes no attempt to ask them to be quiet. Maybe I’m getting old, but in my day, the thing you heard the most while at the library was \”Shhhhh!\”. Not only is it tween social hour, but the book organization is a complete mystery. I have seen random books lined up on a shelf, with no apparent relation to each other, and then looked at the call numbers to see they were identical. Not a fan of this branch…all I want in a library is to find a book and have some quiet time. Which I guess is too much to ask.
This library has been here FOREVER. It’s quite small, but has lots of books and DVDs packed in it. In fact, I feel like I’m usually able to find books I’m searching for here, rather than the downtown WC library. I usually use this library to check out books rather than study. There are limited desks due to the size of the library, and limited outlets. I often see kids getting tutored here, so I would come here early if you want a desk. When it’s hot, the A/C is usually on too high. Because the library is so small, as soon as kids are out from school, the library also gets very noisy and packed. \nOtherwise, this is a pretty solid library.
Libraries are great! This one had Karaoke on one Saturday morning which was fun for the kids! This place has a ton of books crammed in a small place, plus movies and other stuff a typical good library has. Although the place looks like it was remodeled in the 1950’s, the content and people are great!\n\nyay libraries 4ever
This is an older, smaller library but usually not a problem when you can have stuff sent over from other libraries. \n\nThe only gripe I have is the noise. They have a quiet reading area but when the kids fill the place, keeping the place quiet is a challenge. With an elementary and a middle school near by, this becomes a after school hangout place so noise is inevitable. To avoid this, stop by during school hours.
It’s 10a on Friday morning. I am here with my toddler and preschool children. Yes they do not know how to whisper. Yes the library is a huge open room which makes it difficult to contain noise and find a quiet spot. Not many patrons here. Very quiet. Toys in children’s area is excellent. Lots of puzzles for younger kids. Books are updated and varied. We love coming here! We also come on Saturday mornings and not many patrons at that time either.
I just approached the front desk and ask a question; by mistake instead of saying \”library card\” I said \”card library\” one of the lady at the front desk laugh at me in my face and turn over giving me her back. She didn’t apology nor keep trying to help me. Embarrassing situation that I never expect from a librarian. Poor woman, my mistake made her show her ignorance and bad soul.
What people are saying about this library is essentially true. \n\nI use the library a lot. This is the branch I usually have stuff sent to from other libraries. I read a lot and also get DVDs here (why more people do not use this I will never understand – it’s free. You will not find a better bargain).\n\nThe folks who work at this library are extremely nice and helpful. This particular branch has a nice selection of books if you want to just walk in and get something. Good set up as well.\n\nIts main problem is the noise. Little kids run all over the place screaming and crying and yelling. Older kids make all kinds of noise. At no time does anyone tell the kids or their parents that this is a library and you’re supposed to be quiet. In fact, the staff just talks louder when they’re speaking. I’ve never seen anything like it. I have been to many libraries and this is the only one I’ve ever been to where screaming and loud kids is accepted. There are school aged kids yapping on the phone in fact I see adults talking on the phone without any problems as well.\n\nThis would be a superb library if someone who worked there did was librarians are supposed to do – keep people quiet. For me personally, I can’t stand it too long – I’ve done a lot of work there but 50-60 minutes is as long as I can take. It’s just too noisy.
So I took a Professional Student’s Day today.\n\n\”What is a Professional Students Day?\” You may ask.\n\nWell, you know how teachers and professors get an Administrative Professionals Day, a day off to spend a day lesson planning and what-not? My professional student day is spent doing the exact opposite: spend the day being quite productive usually at a place that doesn’t allow me to procrastinate. The library is one of these places. \n\nI chose to come here after going to the Pleasant Hill Library and finding out they don’t open until 1 in the afternoon. What an inconvenience!\n\nThis library isn’t half bad. I used to go here a lot during high school. My only complaint is that it was NOISY today. Kids screaming at every corner of the place. There was this annoying, old, salt and pepper wavy haired employee who worked at the help desk that was talking louder than normal to the other worker. He was sooo obnoxious. Like seriously…it’s a library. Speak like you’re in one. Tone it down a notch.\n\nBe sure to bring headphones or ear plugs just in case. \n\nOh yeah. I really had to go to the bathroom really bad, but they weren’t near the door like I thought. I didn’t bother to ask since I was on my way to a Starbucks anyways.
I used to go to this library all the time when I lived with my parents and they still use this great resource. It’s not the most modern or new library but they have a good selection of books, magazines, kids books and more. I would often see teens there studying, or people tutoring. I used to volunteer and work the book sales at this location as a teenager myself. I recall the book sales with a great deal of fondness, the medium sized book room packed with donated books, and at least 30 people wondering the room trolling for their next great read. Also they would get some really high quality antique books and you know I purchased some of those! I have an old Scarecrow of Oz and 2nd edition of the Scarlet letter thanks to this library! The book sales would be these great community events were they would resell books, computer software, kids movies and more at very low prices. The librarians are very nice and helpful too. Anyway this is a good library!
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Ygnacio Valley Library – Contra Costa County Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Head southeast on Oak Grove Rd toward Deerpark Dr
Slight right to stay on Oak Grove Rd
Slight right onto Walnut Ave
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Ygnacio Valley Rd
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Civic Dr
Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto N Broadway
Turn left onto Lincoln Ave
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1100 Lincoln Ave #23
Walnut Creek, CA 94598