Lafayette Library and Learning Center FAQs
Lafayette Library and Learning Center is the largest and most complex public/private project in Lafayette’s history. More than 10 years in the making, with $12.5M in private funding, a $11.9M state grant, and the remainder in public funds, the LLLC represents a community-driven effort to build a regional resource and national model for libraries of the future.
The LLLC is a three-story structure, including indoor/outdoor parking garage and area, a mezzanine level (Arts & Science Center, Foundation offices, Friends Corner Book Shop, Outdoor Amphitheater and access to main staircase and elevator). The Mount Diablo Street level includes the Main Library and Lobby area, Living Media Wall, separate Children’s Library area, Homework Center, Teen Center, Technology Lab, Bookmark Café, Community Hall (elevator and stair access is available on this level in the Lobby). The newly built facility also boasts many GREEN features.
Public art at the Library and Learning Center is thanks in large part to the City of Lafayette and its Public Art Committee. The committee’s goal is to contribute to the cultural enrichment of residents, visitors and employees by adding to its collection work that is of the highest aesthetic quality, reflective of diverse social and cultural perspectives, and of enduing value.
Where can I learn about using the library?
Read the FAQs below to learn about the Lafayette Library and Learning Center specifically. To learn about searching for, borrowing and renewing library materials, visit Contra Costa County Library Website’s "Answer Me This."
Where is the library located?
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is located in the heart of Lafayette - at the corner of Mount Diablo Boulevard and First Street at 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard. It is walking distance from Lafayette Elementary, Stanley Middle School, senior housing, the Lafayette BART Station and many of the community's neighborhoods. Please see Plan a Visit or view our map of the area.
What are the library hours of operation?
Thanks to generous donations to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, we are able to keep our library open 56 hours a week, well beyond the hours the county funds.
The library hours of operation are:
Monday - Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday - 1pm-5pm
If you would like help support these extended hours so that they continue, please consider donating to Library Alive, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation’s Annual Fund.
How can I get to the library?
If you are planning a visit to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, please see Plan a Visit or view our map of the area. There you will find driving directions and parking information, as well as information about arriving by public transportation or by bicycle.
What kind of programs or events are being offered?
Please view the calendar section of our website to see the full listing of programs and events, and to obtain current and updated information.
Can I rent a room for an event?
You can rent or reserve one of the many rooms at the library. For more information about renting a room please visit the rent/reserve a space section of our website.
How can I check out a book or research materials?
To access an item, visit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, or any of the surrounding county libraries. To find a specific book, you can reserve it online via the Contra Costa County Library website and have it delivered to the library of your choosing. You can renew online as well. For more information, visit the more detailed list of county answers to questions about using the county libraries.
Can I use one of the meeting or study rooms?
Patrons may use the small meeting rooms in the library for up to 2 hours per day. A sign-in sheet is posted by the door to keep track of usage. Patrons may make a same-day reservation by putting their name on the list for an available time. There is no charge for same-day reservations.
To reserve any room for a future date, patrons must contact the LLLC Foundation at 925-283-6513, and pay a rental fee. Check here for information on rental space in the library (including the Technology Center, Homework Center, Teen Center).
Can I access the Internet in the library?
The library has four two-hour computers and 39 one-hour computers for public usage, including access to the Internet. We also offer free wi-fi throughout the library if you bring your own laptop computer.
How do I reserve a Library computer:
You can reserve a Library computer from "catalog only" computers or "print and pay" computers, or from anywhere you have internet access.
Begin here: http://libonline.ccclib.org/mainPageNew.htm and click the "reserve a computer" button.
Click "ok" in the message popup to indicate you will close the window when you finish, which logs you out and protects your reservation.
Enter your library card number and PIN, click "submit"
Use the dropdown box to select the Community Library where you want to use a computer.
Click "search by PC Type" to slect a 30-minute, or 1-hour, or 2-hour computer.
Select a date no more than 3 days in advance.
Under the day and next to the time, click the word "available" to make your reservation.
Click "ok" in the message popup and note the workstation name and time. The note indicates how long the computer will be held after your reservation time before it is made available for others, e.g., 7 minutes. Click "ok" and close the window.
How do I print from Library computers?
• Click the print icon.
• The print preview screen will open; choose the range of pages to print and the number of copies. tip: look at the pages you're printing so you don't waste paper and money printing pages at the end you don't need.
• Press "enter" or type a name for the job
• Agree to the total cost by clicking "Print and Charge," "Confirm and Print," and "ok" in response to the prompts.
Can I print using my flash drive?
You can print from your flash drive using library computers.
Login to a computer and open the Internet Explorer browser. Type G: in the URL field and press "enter" to open a new window that shows the files on your drive. Open or print the document.
Can I print in color?
The Brentwood, Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, and Pleasant Hill Community Libraries have color printers.
If you select the color printer when you print your document, you will pay $1.00 / page. Black and white prints are the default and cost $0.10 / page.
Do you have a copy machine?
All libraries have copy machines that cost $0.15 / page.
No Contra Costa County Libraries offer color copiers.
Where is the Friends’ Corner Book Shop?
The Friends Corner Book Shop is located at the corner of 1st Street and Golden Gate way. Proceeds from used book sales at the Book Shop support the Library programs and materials. Business hours vary from the library schedule. Please refer to the hours below.
The hours of operation are:
Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
What is the food and drink policy in the library?
Food and Drink Policy:
No fast food. Covered drinks only are allowed in the library. No food or drink in the Technology Lab.
Where are rest rooms located?
Rest rooms can be found on every level of the Library and are clearly marked. On the main library level, restrooms are located in the lobby and a family restroom is located in the children’s library area.