BART Plaza Station Library Study Session 2/21City Council Meeting

Important news for all of you wanting a new library in El Cerrito. The El Cerrito City Council will conduct a Study Session on the Library Option for a new 20,000 sqft library as part of the BART Plaza Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project at its February 21st City Council Meeting. (NOTE: Council Meetings now start at 6:00 pm rather than 7:00 pm.)

The outdated ground floor layout shown above suggested the new library would be located in C-EAST as shown. Current information now has the proposed location moved to C-WEST on Liberty Street. Current information also shows that C-WEST construction is now in Phase 3, for which construction would start in late 2024.

The El Cerrito Library Foundation supports a new library as part of this BART TOD Project and will be working to help make it happen. Please become familiar with the project, attend this February 21st City Council meeting and let our City Council know that you want a new library at the Plaza Station and what you want in a new library. This Council meeting will still be a hybrid meeting so you can attend via Zoom or in person.

NOTE: Commencing 1 March 2023 all City Council, Commission, and Committee meetings will be in-person meeting at City Hall, only.

The February 21 City Council Meeting Agenda/Packet information will be available Thursday after noon 02/16/2023 at the link below:

February 21 City Council Meeting agenda/Packet information

Instructions for submitting written Public Comment is available from the City Clerk here:

September is Library Card Sign-up Month in the City of El Cerrito!

On August 16, 2022, El Cerrito Mayor Gabe Quinto signed an EL CERRITO CITY COUNCIL PROCLAMATION recognizing September as Library Card Sign-up Month in the City of El Cerrito.

So, how can you sign-up for a library card? The following information is from the Contra Costa County Library web site at .

What types of Library Cards are available and what’s the difference?

  • eCards are available on line to anyone living in Contra Costa County.
  • Full-Service Cards, which can be provided to you, free, when you visit a library, are available to residents of California.

What is the difference?

  • An eCard allows patrons immediate access to many of the Library’s online services and databases including Rosetta Stone, LinkedIn Learning, The New York Times and East Bay Times. It also allows patrons to place holds and borrow eBooks.
  •  eCards ARE NOT VALID for use with LINK+, Kanopy Movies, or Discover & Go services.
  • Full-Service Cards provide access to both physical and digital collections, and provide access to LINK+, Kanopy Movies, Discover & Go, and other services.

For more information about library cards please go to the CCC Library web site at .

Everyone in your family should have a library card, especially the youngsters! Get one this month. Please share this information with everyone in your neighborhood.

Today’s El Cerrito Library Cards are not like the one you grew up with. The five choices are shown below:

Five Contra Costa County Library Cards for 2022.