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Our Mission

We are a group of librarians, community activists and concerned citizens working to prevent the Richmond City Council from voting to eliminate library services that the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community depend upon in order to reduce a 27 million dollar budget deficit.

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The City Council will be meeting to discuss budget cuts every Tuesday from now through the end of June, 2020. We need to keep applying pressure so they know the importance of libraries to our community. 

The next City Council Meeting is on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Review the Richmond City Council Agenda for steps on public participation.

Tuesday night City Council meetings are being held remotely. You can watch the City Council meetings on, channel 28 or the KCRT YouTube channel.

The remote city council meetings create a barrier to full participation and the technology sometimes fails, but we are being heard. 

Teen Librarian Angela Cox Smith is hosting live readings of Dear Martin 

Check Out RPL's Teen Facebook Page
Thanks for your support of

Tailgate Story Time

Our Tailgate Story Time and Car Caravan ACTion was a success thanks to local organizers, the East Bay DSA and community support from our friends and neighbors!

Sign the Action Network Petition and volunteer to help!

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Sheila Dickinson Virtual Storytime

Beloved Richmond, CA Children's Public Librarian offers virtual storytelling to stay connected with her community from home while complying with the Covid-19 Shelter in Place order.

Tailgate Story Time Poster

Download, print and color this free poster supporting full funding and no lay offs for Richmond Public Libraries.

Submit a photo of your child and their coloring to be featured on our Kids Care page!

Richmond Public Library Offers Crucial Services:

  • The public library is where people can find information about anything free of charge

  • Specialized resources, collections and programs are tailored for all age groups; babies through seniors

  • Language learning through preschool story times, adult literacy programs and English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Promote education with tutoring and summer reading games

  • Offer a wide variety of collections in different mediums and languages for a diverse population: Books, DVDs, cds, Ebooks, magazines, newspapers, etc.

  • Cooperate in exchanges with other libraries so that books not in local collections can be borrowed from other institutions

  • Librarians with specialized training to help navigate information resources or provide readers advice

  • Teach basic computer literacy skills

  • Provide free wifi

  • Help people fill out forms such as employment or voter registration

  • Provide a safe place with no questions asked