About Saratoga Library

Facility & Collections | Exhibits in the Library | Events | Book Clubs | News | Support the Library | Teen Advisory Board | Library Sponsored Events | Library History

The Saratoga Library (408-867-6126) is a member of the Santa Clara County Library District. As a member, we provide the following:


Facility & Collections

The Saratoga Library is housed in a 48,500 sq. ft. building, and includes:

  • Community Meeting Room with a max capacity of 135 people
  • 1 group study room, 1 quiet study room (with 20 individual tables & armchairs)
  • Children's area and Teen Space
  • Access to an extensive, shared County Library collection of over two million books, movies, and more
  • Non-English Language Collections
  • Special Collections:
    • Muko-Shi Collection: This collection houses books and pamphlets given to the Saratoga Library by visitors from the city of Muko-Shi, Saratoga's sister city in Japan. These items can circulate, but rarely go out.
    • Cunningham Collection: This local history collection focuses on Saratoga and the surrounding area. Florence Cunningham was a Saratoga historian and member of a Saratoga pioneer family. These items are library-use only.

Exhibits in the Library

If you are interested in exhibiting your artwork, please read our Exhibit Policy.

If you have any questions, please contact:

The Library Art Committee, c/o Betsy White
Saratoga Library
13650 Saratoga Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070

Or call (408) 867-6126 ext. 3817.


Events

Attend free Saratoga Library events for all ages and diverse interests. Among offerings for kids are our popular Storytimes.

Book Club

Meets first Monday of the month, except June-August. Find Book Club meetings.


Latest News


Support the Library


Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board applications accepted annually. Contact the Saratoga Library Teen Librarian at (408) 867-6126 for more information.


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.


Library History

Timeline

1914

The Saratoga Library was incorporated as the fourth branch of the Santa Clara County Library. It was located in the drug store of George S. Buckley. His wife Clara Buckley was the first librarian.

1921

Saratoga Library moved to the Sunday School Room of the old First Christian Church on Big Basin Way. Mrs. Nell C. Emrich was appointed librarian.

1927

A formal dedication ceremony took place for the newly constructed Saratoga Library, located on the corner of Oak Street and Los Gatos Road. The Saratoga Foothill Club and Sheldon P. Patterson raised $12,000 to build the new facility. The architect was Edward Spencer of Oakland, California.

1929

The library was dedicated in Patterson’s memory and remained in operation until December 1981.

1967

The Quito Park Library opened in Quito Village and served as a second library location in Saratoga. It remained in operation until 1978.

1978

The present Saratoga Library opened on Saratoga Avenue and Fruitvale. It was also designed by Mr. Spencer.

1983

The Friends of the Saratoga Library took over the former library building that was located on the corner of Oak Street and Los Gatos Road to run the Book-Go-Round.

2003

Celebrations were held for the newly remodeled and expanded 48,000 square foot library.

Book a Room

Book a Room @ the Library

Reserve a small or medium room for group study, discussions, or projects, or a large room for community events and activities.

Get a Card

Get Access with a Free Library Card

If you want access to all of these Online Resources and more sign up for a Santa Clara County Library District Card today!

Additional Resources

Book a Room @ the Library

Reserve a small or medium room for group study, discussions, or projects, or a large room for community events and activities.

Get Access with a Free Library Card

If you want access to all of these Online Resources and more sign up for a Santa Clara County Library District Card today!
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