Our mission statement: The Redwood City Public Library inspires learning through innovative and visionary programming and services—literacy programs, support for school success, access to technology, safe, inviting spaces for youth and families, and gathering places that connect the members of the community with a love of reading and learning.
Libraries should be considered “indoor parks” with many learning, cultural, and recreational activities for all ages, incomes, and cultures, and a primary way of helping to build community by promoting community participation and volunteerism.
The Library Board consists of seven members, appointed by the City Council for terms of four years each.
Lisa Hicks- Dumanske
Your Redwood City libraries by the numbers (2014-15 fiscal year)
- Over 1.3 million items borrowed, including over 727,000 children’s items
- Over 900,000 annual visits
- Over 203,000 people attended over 8100 library programs, including attendance of 179,000 children and family members at over 6100 children’s programs
- Over 124,000 volunteer hours worked by community members of all ages
- Over 67,000 active library card holders
- Over 149,000 uses of public computers
- Over 200,000 website visits
- Over 57,000 eBooks checked out
- Over 20,000 books added to the collection
- Over 800 community meetings held in Library meeting rooms
- 1146 individual teens visited the Teen Center with a total annual attendance of 9700 visits
- Good Morning America: Teenager's Mission to Improve Literacy in His Community, July 22, 2015
- Peninsula Television: Pen Voice 176 - Library Director Derek Wolfgram, April 6, 2015
- Peninsula Television: Redwood City Library - A 5-Star Library, April 2015
- Spectrum Magazine: From Books to Gardening: LaBerge to Retire This Month, June 2015
- Climate Magazine: READ! If You Can, Teach!, February 2016