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Main Address:

1500 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
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Main Phone: (209) 558-7800

Mon-Thurs: 10 am - 8 pm
Fri-Sat: 10 am. - 5 pm
Other Locations & Hours

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Online Payments Now Available

You can now pay your library fines and fees online through our secure site.

Access the online payment site here, or you can select "Make a Payment" from the "Useful Sites" menu on the right, or from the "About Us" drop down menu above. Log in with your library card number and PIN. You will then be able to select which fines or fees you would like to pay. There is a minimum payment of $3.00 required for online payments.

Town Hall Meetings

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The Library is in the process of developing a new strategic plan and we need lots of input from community members to inform the development of the library's priorities and strategies.

Town Hall Meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county. Come to a Town Hall Meeting and help us shape the future of your library. Your voice counts in our planning. Times and locations are available here.

Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library is now simply Cloud Library, as ownership of the eBook service has changed to Bibliotheca, Ltd. Although there is a new name and logo, there should be no interruption in service and the functionality – browsing, searching, placing holds and checking out – will remain the same. Get more information here about updating your app.

Operation Gratitude

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Stanislaus County Libraries will collect letters of thanks and support for active duty members, veterans, and first responders. Letters will be sent in time for Veteran's Day, and will be included in care packages supplied by Operation Gratitude.

Letter specifications:

  • Paper should be no larger than 8 ½ by 11 inches.
  • Do not fold.
  • May be typed but should be hand signed.
  • No foam stickers or glitter.

Letter Tips:

  • Avoid addressing a specific military branch. Use a general salutation like “Dear Hero,” “Dear Veteran,” “Dear First Responder,” or “Dear New Recruit.”
  • Should be approximately one to two paragraphs long.
  • Avoid politics and religion.
  • Uplifting letters are best.

Please visit for more information.

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How energy efficient is your home?

Energy meters available for checkout at Stanislaus County Libraries can help you:

  • Calculate the usage and cost of running of your household appliances
  • Understand and reduce your monthly energy bill

Want to check one out? Search "Energy Meter" in the library catalog or ask at your library.

* Funding for energy meters provided by Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts.

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Not sure where to start your family history research?

Visit the Modesto Library. Members of the Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County offer free, personalized assistance in the Special Collections Room every Monday from 10 am - 3 pm. Also available by appointment. For more information, please call (209) 558-7814.

Veterans Resource Center

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Military personnel, veterans and their families will find information regarding benefits, housing, education, employment, and healthcare at the Modesto Library Veterans Resource Center. More information here.

Get Ready for Your DMV Test

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In partnership with, the library now provides 24/7 online access to the California Driver Manuals for vehicle, motorcycle, and commercial driving, plus practice tests.

The "Read Aloud" toolbar (located at the end of each page) provides tools that will allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, and magnify text.

War Ink logoTake a few minutes to view this inspiring project. War Ink emerged out of a need to recognize veterans' service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veterans and civilian communities. This is both exhibit and forum, using tattoos as a springboard for California veterans to share their stories. Stark, beautiful, disturbing, and often darkly humorous, these tattoos are visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult to discuss openly.

Affordable Care Act Information

Want to learn more about the Affordable Care Act? Here are some useful resources:

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Toll free help line:

  • 800-300-1506 (English)
  • 800-300-0213 (Spanish)

Help is also available in 200 other languages

The California Report Card

Here's your opportunity to grade California on various issues facing our state. Anyone can participate by taking a few minutes to assign grades to the state of California on timely issues including healthcare, education, and immigrant rights. Participants are then invited to enter an online "Cafe" to propose issues for future versions of the platform.

The California Report Card works on all screens and is designed for mobile phones held vertically. To participate, please visit California Report Card

About Us

Who We Are

We are a system of 13 libraries located in communities throughout Stanislaus County. In our mission to foster the love of reading and open the door to knowledge we provide free access to a wide variety of material, presented in various formats.

What We Do

  • We provide information and reading material in print and electronic formats.
  • We provide special programs for children and teens, designed to enhance learning and encourage a lifelong love of reading.
  • We provide presentations on various topics of interest for adults.
  • We offer a passport application acceptance service.
  • We offer language learning materials.

What We Offer

The Stanislaus County Library provides books, books on CD, magazines, newspapers, digital movies, music, TV, and magazines, downloadable audio books, premium content databases, a mobile app, and language learning software. The library also offers a robust line-up of programs and presentations that enhance learning at all levels.

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