College Terrace Library

Address:  2300 Wellesley Street  Palo Alto, CA 94306
Hours:  Tues & Wed:10 am - 6 pm; Fri & Sat: 10 am - 6 pm;  closed Sunday, Monday and Thursday


The College Terrace Library collection includes fiction and nonfiction, magazines and newspapers, DVDs, Books-on-CD, and Music CDs for all ages. You will find free wireless access, loaner laptops and regular internet terminals available at the College Terrace Library.

Travel Instructions

HIGHWAY 280 (North & South): Take the Page Mill exit (northbound travelers turn right; southbound travelers turn left), and drive to Hanover St. Turn left on Hanover, and then right on California. Travel five blocks on California, and turn left on Wellesley. The library is to your right.

HIGHWAY 101 (North & South): Take the Oregon Expressway exit (northbound travelers turn left; southbound travelers turn right). Drive to El Camino, and turn right. The next left is California Ave. Turn left, and drive three blocks, and then turn right on Wellesley. The library will be on your right.

EL CAMINO REAL (North & South): From Mountain View (northbound travelers), turn left on California Ave., which is the first left after Page Mill. Drive three blocks to Wellesley, and turn right. The library will be to your right. From Menlo Park (southbound travelers), turn right at California Ave. and, three streets down, right again on Wellesley. The library will be to your right.

BUS ROUTE: Use El Camino bus routes. Get off at California Ave. and walk three blocks west to Wellesley.

PARKING: There is limited street parking.

History of The College Terrace Library

College Terrace Library was built in 1936 and is housed in a building of approximately 4,860 square feet. Designed by local architect, Charles K. Sumner, the building also houses a day care center operated by Palo Alto Community Child Care. In April 2008, the City Council approved reclassification of the building from a Category 4 to a Category 2 structure in the City's historical building inventory. 

After a year long closure for upgrades and earthquake retrofitting, the College Terrace Library re-opened on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. 

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017