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
Destination will be on the left
1100 Lincoln Ave #23
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Updated review 06/26/2016: Another update…just want to say how totally pleased with the OUTSTANDING service I always get from Lorina Estes and Sophie (who is actually a manager I believe).
Updated Review 3/14/2016: I had a couple problems with items returned via the book drop. Luckily, I had followed up online to check my account and noticed it. The first time, I called to ask them to please check their shelves. They called me back later and apologized, said they found it, and took it off my account. I think it was about 2 weeks later, I had a similar problem, where a returned item still showed on my account. Again, I called in. This time was a mixed problem. I had in fact returned the DVD CASE, but didn’t realize my daughter had not put the DVD back inside. I found it at home in a CD player (SMH…she’s 5) and made a special trip to the library to return the DVD. I then asked if I could please, please, please just return items at the desk so I wouldn’t have to keep checking back 24-48 hours afterwards each time I return items. (We come here 1-2 times a week now.) They agreed that- given that I had 2 issues within about a month’s time- it was a reasonable request. My interactions with the librarians have been wonderful since. “Sophie” (who is apparently on the new side) is an absolute joy. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the librarian that caused the initial bad review.
Muuuch better! This library sounded like a concert lobby the last time I was here. Not only was it super quite this time, but there was a very helpful desk person when I had a question about a downloadable book.
I’ll certainly be back. They have an awesome study/reading space upstairs and good selections on books, audio and movies. I didn’t stay long enough during my last wacky visit to really take in their extensive selection. Good stuff.
Always easy to pick up books reserved here. I have never had any issues doing anything online and having it transferred to this location. Always clean and organized. Children’s section is great.
In terms of studying/working:
There’s only one study room which may or may not be checked out by the tutors (by default, they get priority). There aren’t many desks throughout the library. There are also small desks packed together, and each have their own outlet. Their wifi does work great, though.
This is a beautiful, new library that locates close to Sierra College, the gym, and some restaurants that make it a great central spot to go to study! I like that they open on Saturdays from 10:30 – 5PM so I can get some good work done without resorting to coffee shops.
I love sitting next to the windows, which give plenty natural light and overlook the nice fountain outside. If you don’t like kids, go upstairs to the “adult” space and get some quiet work done. Their staff is very nice and helpful too. Restrooms and facility is very clean most of the time. Overall, a great place to be.
P.S. Printing is 15 cents a copy – bring your coins!
Checked out the library this past Saturday for the first time. Nice location. It was VERY quiet in there. I know libraries are supposed to be quiet, but the afternoon I went, it was deafeningly silent! (is that an oxymoron?) Not sure if kids were absent or if they have a strict no-talking policy there. Definitely good for if you’re studying or need absolute silence for concentration!
It’s a 2-story building with most of the children’s sections downstairs and adults upstairs. Lots of computers around, lots of DVDs, CDs, books and magazines available for checkout. They have a few summer reading programs available for kids and adults too. There’s even a little bookstore right by the entrance for people who like to purchase their books instead of borrowing. There was a “community” room where people can hang out and watch a movie together. On Saturday, they were watching “Wizard of Oz.”
Very clean and air-conditioned. Definitely a good place to hang out if you need to get some studying done or don’t have A/C at home.
For being a pretty busy library it’s pretty quiet and a lot larger than I was expecting. They also have a lot of tables with plugs and outlets so despite how busy it is, there is usually quality seating to be found; most of the time I think the decorations they do for recommended reads are really cute too.
Because of this wonderful library I never use Redbox. Their movie selection is awesome, their audiobooks and Music CDs rock and although I’m almost illiterate they do have what you call them books and lots of em.
I have spent many an hour just relaxing at this library. They have the cleanest bathrooms and the nicest staff. They have great kids programs for free. They offer free wifi(like me a little slow) but it works.
Even the few homeless people that visit this library aren’t bad. Every morning when the library is about to open,there are always eager patrons pressing their noses against the glass in anticipation. When the doors open at 10AM, the staff are lined up to welcome everyone with open arms.
What a joy it is to come here. A great place filled with a ton of educational things for adults and children. This library is in the 21st century as well so checking out books is a breeze. I’m glad I came here!
Love love love this location!!! the staff is very helpful, patient and knowledgeable. The library is bright and airy. The ambiance is positive. the kids zone is awesome, nice selection of toys too!
I love it here….
Wow the library checkout system is totally electronically with it!! You can set your entire stack of books, CDs & movies on the checkout pad and it scans and reads all the titles, then with their touch screen monitors push print and you get a print out of items and due dates!! Love it.
Rocklin library is in a great location, fairly large selection for their size except for CDs and movies, but no problem because you can order them from any placer county library.
It’s a nice space to spend time. They have highly functioning computers that are actually available. My only request is more magazines please!!
Has free wifi and workstations with electric sources on the 2nd floor! There are many comfy chairs that invite you to curl up and read. With all the huge windows, natural lighting is great and makes studying pleasant. Wish the hours were longer!
I live in Lincoln and this is my go to library. They have consistent daily hours and are open every day but Sunday and Monday. They have all the children’s materials downstairs and adult and teens materials upstairs. It creates a nice space for each age. Majority of the library staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I’ve only had a problem with one librarian and she is consistently the same to everyone. Knowing that I just go to another librarian. This library is worth the drive for me and way easier to deal with than the lincoln library.
We love this library!! They have the best Wee Read Baby Lapsit! Parents and babies sing songs, play with toys and read stories. They have a fun train table and children reading area. The library is beautiful and well maintained
Pros: Clean facility, beautiful entrance, helpful staff, decent selection of books, kids’ reading program during summer
Cons: Needs to be open longer, needs more books and an easier program for finding books
Uhm, apparently the library has gotten way cooler than since I was a kid.
Touch screen self check outs? Yes please.
I wish they had more cd’s to check out because checking out new music is my favorite thing to do at the library. Selection is decent but small.
Building design is cool and allows for lots of sunlight to come in which is always nice. They do have free wifi and quite a few work station areas so it could be a good place to work or study.
All in all pretty awesome for a library.
This was my first time going to this library. I went there for the storytime with my little cutie pie. It was cancelled, however, they improvised and still kept the get together in a little kiddie corner they had. Everyone was really nice. I didnt know my baby left a trail of her brand new shoes that fell off her feet but someone was friendly enough to find out whoes they were and returned it. Such a friendly and trusting environment
It was a big group of mommies and babies waiting for storytime and playtime. Seems like its a hit at this library and would be really fun if the event actually happened. I wonder when there will be another one. I will definately check it out.
I only went for a Mommy and Me reading time class so I have not experienced all that this library has to offer. First, I was surprised by the big, new location. I had no clue they had moved.
This place is large and very clean. The room for the reading time was also spacious. The man that came to read and sing with the babies seemed happy to be there and was friendly. We will be back.
Being new an area can make it slightly difficult to find that place where you feel comfortable nerding out to a productive day.. Finally I stumbled across a library that allows me to connect to their wifi simply and quickly, has a quiet room for secluded studies, and plenty of private seating with an awesone view of the outside lake and fountain in the middle! I believe the library has to be new to an extent because it is extremely well upkept!
This is a small library but it’s growing. The staff are excellent and helpful and the seating and computers are top notch. The whole first floor is dedicated to the younguns. This would be a perfect place to study if they had a bistro, but I guess I should just be happy that they’re still in business.