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The Gilroy Library (408-842-8207) is a member of the Santa Clara County Library District. As a member, we provide the following:
- Events for all ages
- Dedicated Children's and Teen spaces
- Online Collections & Services, Available 24/7
- eBooks, eMagazines, eMovies, eMusic, Research, Homework Help, Online Classes, and More!
- Reference & Readers' Advisory and Account Services
- Public-use computers and technology equipment, including
- Free Wi-Fi and Internet access
- Full service computers with Microsoft Office software
- Color printer and photocopier
- Wireless printing for Android & iOS and for Laptops
- Multimedia scanning
- Self-check stations
- Learn more about computers, Wi-Fi, children's computers, and other technologies in the library!
- Book drop for returning items, accessible 24/7
Facilities & Collections
The Gilroy Library resides in a 53,000 sq. ft building, which includes:
- A Community Meeting Room with a max capacity of 100 people
- Quiet Study rooms
- Access to an extensive County Library collection of over two million books, movies, and more
Attend free Gilroy Library events for all ages and diverse interests. Among offerings for kids are our popular Storytimes.
Support the Library
Teen Advisory Board
Teen Advisory Board applications accepted annually. Contact the Gilroy Library Teen Librarian at (408) 842-8207 for more information.
Propose a Library-Sponsored Event
After reviewing the Program Policy, please fill out this application to propose that the library sponsor an event that you (or your team) offer, to be held at the library. Due to the high volume of program applications we receive, we may only contact you if we may be interested in partnering with you on a future program/event. Thank you for your interest in library-sponsored events.
The Blue Ribbon Temperance League opens a reading room establishing the first book services in Gilroy.
With help from a second temperance group, the reading room circulates books from a downtown gallery while serving ice cream and coffee.
YMCA reading room opens.
Gilroy Ladies Reading Circle opens.
FRFG (Freely Received, Freely Given) Reading Club opens. It is still active today!
Gilroy city council adopts a resolution to formally establish a public library.
Mary Briggs Benn appointed Gilroy's first Community Librarian (1907-1915). Library Trustees apply for $10,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for library construction. Philanthropist Caroline Hoxett donates $1,000 for library land purchase. Until the new library is completed, the temporary Gilroy Library is in City Hall filled with books provided by the Gilroy Ladies Reading Circle.
Gilroy Library opens at 195 Fifth Street with a collection of 1,700 books.
Irma Whitney (Kilgore) appointed Community Librarian (1915-1917).
Pearl Lavin appointed Community Librarian (1917-1943).
Marjorie Grodhaus appointed Community Librarian (1943-1965).
Gilroy residents pass a $600,000 bond measure for construction of a new library. Mary Groshert appointed Community Librarian (1966-1969).
July 1st: Gilroy Library joins Santa Clara County Free Library.
Alice Dawson appointed Community Librarian (1969-1970).
June Hopper appointed Community Librarian (1970-1983).
February 1st: The new Gilroy Library opens at 7387 Rosanna Street with 57,000 volumes.
Lani Yoshimura appointed Community Librarian (1984-2020).
Citizens of Gilroy pass a $37 million bond for construction of a new library.
Gilroy Library moves to a temporary location at 7652 Monterey Street until new library construction is completed.
The new Gilroy Library opens as the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Santa Clara County Library. Gilroy has grown to 150,000 volumes including over 400 periodicals and the largest Spanish Language collection in the Santa Clara County Library. A unique 200 phono-record collection from the KFAT radio station are stored at Gilroy library.
Cassandra Wong appointed Community Librarian (2020-present).