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Westside Branch

on November 20, 2009

The Westside branch is on the island in the middle of downtown Point Richmond, facing Washington Street. It’s an easy stop for anyone running errands in the Point’s  commercial district. The library has no parking lot, but street parking is usually easy to find. Lunch spots and coffee shops surround the library.

Like the neighborhood, the Westside library feels peaceful even when it’s busy. Patrons come in and out casually and the librarians are friendly. A square room about the size of a two-car garage holds the entire collection, and patrons and librarians have clean lines of sight to every part of the room. Paper animal sculptures hang from the ceiling and the colors inside are bright and lively.

Westside has four computers for adults, all available for Internet, word processing and library database searching, and two computers reserved for children. Westside’s DVD collection is larger than Bayview’s, though it has a smaller reference section and little adult nonfiction. Young adults may also find fewer options than at the Main branch or Bayview. Westside does have an expansive set of books on cooking, nutrition and health, and the children’s section is big enough to keep most kids entertained. Copies of the local daily newspapers and a handful of other periodicals can be found in their designated racks.

Westside has children’s story time every Tuesday at 9:30 am.

Westside hours:

Monday: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

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