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Saratoga Library Hours:
Mon: 1 PM to 9 PM
Tues: 1 PM to 9 PM
Wed: 10 AM to 6 PM
Thurs: 10 AM to 6 PM
Fri: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM to 6 PM
Sun: 1 PM to 5 PM


Book-Go-Round Hours:
Sun - Fri: 12 PM - 5 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM


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Book Sales

April 25, Saturday,10am-6pm
April 26, Sunday, 1pm-4pm

Saratoga Library Community Room

25 cents each on Saturday, or $3 grocery bag full or your cloth bag equivalent on Sunday.


Requesting Interlibrary Loans and Purchases

An interlibrary loan (ILL) is a request to libraries in North America for material not owned by the Santa Clara County Library District. A wide range of materials are available through ILL. Some materials are more difficult to obtain because other libraries may not loan material such as reference items, original or rare materials, newspapers in original format (although they may be available on microfilm), DVDs and videocassettes.

Newer items are not available through ILL. However you may recommend newer titles for purchase for the library’s collection by submitting a “suggest a purchase” form online, or at your local library’s reference desk. There is a $4 non-refundable processing fee for each ILL item. In addition, some lending libraries may charge additional fees. There is a $1 per day overdue fine for ILL materials.

Please allow one to two days for your request to be in process online. Once in process, ILL items usually are received in two to three weeks depending on the lending institution and shipping time. You can check the status of your ILL item in our web catalog. In the title search field, enter ILL item followed by the item your are requesting.

The library has two methods for accepting interlibrary loan requests: 1) Submit an interlibrary loan request at any reference desk during open hours at any of our library locations, and 2) Ask the Santa Clara County Library District’s Interlibrary loan department at 408-293-2326 extension 3013.

The Library welcomes suggestions for titles you would like to find at the library.

Suggestions are reviewed daily, Monday through Friday, and items selected for purchase usually appear in the catalogue within 2 to 4 weeks. Due to high volume, the library is unable to respond to individual suggestions.


Author Series - Art, Passion, Poetry by Barbara Tinsley

Wednesday, April 1, 10 AM Saratoga Library Community Room

Dr. Barbara Sher Tinsley, Ph.D (Stanford 1983), will be reading from her first book of poetry, Art, Passion, Poetry. She is a Fulbright Scholar who has published major works in reformation studies/early modern Europe and has also published a book on antiquity. Prior to turning to creative writing and painting in watercolors, she was a professor of history at community colleges and four-year institutions in the Bay Area. Her first novel, Candida's Own Italian Renaissance, will be published later this year. Barbara is married and has one daughter. She has lived in Saratoga for thirty-seven years.


Employee Excellence Award

The County Library has the opportunity to recognize three library staff members each year in February, August, and November through the County of Santa Clara’s Employee Excellence Awards. An outstanding library staff person from Saratoga Library has achieved an Employee Excellence Award in recognition of the ways he exemplifies the best qualities of Santa Clara County Library District employees. The Library’s February 2015 Employee Excellence Award went to Kevin Mayes, janitor at the Saratoga Library. Kevin was recognized at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting February 10, 2015.

Kevin Mayes demonstrates his commitment to providing efficient, effective, high-quality service by ensuring that the library is clean and comfortable, by identifying and resolving challenging building issues affecting community members, and by setting-up for community events. A variety of librarians offer community events multiple times a day in multiple locations of the library. Kevin demonstrates that he highly values the community by ensuring that community events are successful. He does this by tracking the events using an online calendar, by communicating with librarians about their event plans, and by ensuring that community events have the correct equipment, tables, chairs, and furniture arrangements. He exhibits mutual respect by offering to help others before being asked for assistance, and he exhibits respect by assessing building issues and then thoughtfully educating colleagues about complicated matters. Kevin encourages innovation and flexibility by piloting new equipment and providing helpful opinions that influence library system purchasing decisions. His carefully made, thoughtful, recommendations demonstrate his commitment to upholding fiscal responsibility. Kevin is an exemplary role model for others to emulate. His positive spirit and commitment to helping others, to working hard, to teamwork, and to high-quality work make him an impressive role model who produces a top-notch library experience for community members.

--Andrew Cammisa, Circulation and Accounts Supervisor



Saratoga Library Welcomes Randall Campbell

The Saratoga Library welcomes its new Library Page, Randall Campbell. He lives in Sunnyvale and was formerly employed as a security guard. He is excited to start a new and different job, and he already is proving to be hard-working and extremely energetic. We welcome his positive energy and his great attitude. He is a fabulous addition to our team here at Saratoga Library.

--Andrew Cammisa, Circulation and Accounts Supervisor



Toolkit from Silicon Valley Energy Watch Now Available at local Libraries

The toolkits include an illustrated user guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and water flow rates of appliances and equipment. It also includes instructions on how to install equipment that reduces energy and water consumption. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit for up to three weeks from any of the libraries in the Santa Clara Library District. A limited number are available at the libraries, Saratoga has two toolkits available. They cannot be put on hold and you need to go to the Circulation desk to ask for one.

Toolkit users get to keep four compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), three faucet aerators, a low-flow shower head, outlet gaskets, weather stripping and water leak detection tablets. Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use are to be returned to the library in the toolkit box, and include:


  • A Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances and equipment
  • A thermal detector that checks for heat loss through windows, vents and doors
  • A special thermometer that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures
  • A water flow rate bag that measures the true rate of flow from faucets and shower heads

April 2015 Newsletter is here!

Our Friends of Saratoga Library April 2015 Newsletter is out.
Please click here to read now.

Please click here to access the Santa Clara County Library Newsletter.



The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.
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