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

Mon: 12 pm - 8 pm, Tues-Thurs: 10 am - 6 pm, Fri-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
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Stanislaus County Libraries will be closed January 17 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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Winter Reading Challenge

From January 1 to January 31, Stanislaus County Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. "Read for a Better World" encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. Our libraries have unlimited access to Lerner’s “Read for a Better World” themed books for the month of January through the challenge activities. During this month, we also challenge you to help us reach our community goal of 300,000 minutes read. Register on Beanstack to participate in the Winter Reading Challenge 2022.

Del 1º al 31º de enero, la Biblioteca del Condado de Stanislaus está participando en el Quinto Reto Anual de Lectura de Invierno de Beanstack, patrocinado por Lerner Publishing Group. El tema de “Lee para un Mundo Mejor” anima a los lectores de todas las edades a que exploren la diversidad, la empatía, y a poner ideas en práctica por medio de la literatura. Todo el mes de enero nuestras bibliotecas tendrán acceso ilimitado a los libros publicados por Lerner con el tema de “Lee para un Mundo Mejor” ¡por medio de las actividades de los desafíos! Durante este mes, también le retamos a que nos ayude a alcanzar nuestra meta de leer 300, 000 minutos en la comunidad. ¡Regístrese en Beanstack para participar en el Reto de lectura de invierno del 2022.

eMagazine update

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Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Magazines can be read on a computer or downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

For more information about eMagazines and Flipster, please visit our eMagazine Information page.

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Teen Book Box Information

Register today for a Teen Book Box! Each box in this FREE teen subscription program will contain a handpicked reading recommendation based on your preferences, treats, and swag. Return the book and box by their due date but keep the treats and swag. Teens can register each month for another exciting box, to be picked up at the Stanislaus County Library location of their choosing. Register here. Is the list full? Mark your calendars, a new list opens the first of every month.

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow

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The library is now offering JobNow and VetNow, which features live online assistance, resume lab help, and wide range of academic tools to help job seekers and veterans reach their goals. Users have access to live help from tutors and job coaches. Log in with your library card number to access the many online tools available. This service is provided through the California State Library.

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Library Virtual Escape Rooms

Join us for some virtual escape rooms, also known as Panic or Breakout Rooms. In these fun activities, you'll discover clues and solve puzzles to unlock the answers. Take a walk down the yellow brick road and test your knowledge in the Wizard of Oz Escape Room.

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Reading Recommendations

Need help finding your next great read? Fill out the Book Recommendations form and we will provide personalized recommendations for you.

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Library Wi-Fi

Free library Wi-Fi is now available outside the Modesto Library. Daily access is available 8 am to 8 pm in the library parking lot 7 days a week.

Online Payments

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

Access the online payment site here, or 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 be able to select which fines or fees you would like to pay. There is a minimum payment of $1.00 required for online payments.

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Didn't find what you were looking for in our catalog? Try Zip Books! Zip Books is a service for customers to request books and audiobooks that are not in the Stanislaus County Library's catalog. The item is delivered to your home for a three-week checkout, free of charge, using Amazon Prime. More information and request form.

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Free online access to the New York Times from 1851 to present, including newspaper content, multimedia, videos, Spanish and Mandarin versions of, and more. To activate your subscription, register with the or log in with an existing account. Detailed access instructions here.

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Sign up to receive news about library programs and services delivered straight to your inbox!

You can now subscribe to the library's monthly calendar of events, as well as periodic email blasts from your local library. These emails come in an engaging format that are easily accessible from a computer or mobile device.

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Access your "my Social Security" account, view and apply for benefits, access forms, and more.

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Learn about happenings at Stanislaus County Libraries in the 2019-2020 Annual Report available here .

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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 12 am - 4 pm. Also available by appointment. For more information, please call (209) 558-7814.

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About Us

Who We Are

We are a system of 13 libraries located in communities throughout Stanislaus County. Stanislaus County Library engages all members of the community and offers access to information, knowledge, and the tools for innovation and personal development.

What We Do

Modesto Library
  • 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, premium content databases, and a mobile app, as well as downloadable digital content such as movies, music, TV shows, magazines, audiobooks, and language learning software. The library also offers a robust line-up of programs and presentations that enhance learning at all levels.

Sarah Dentan
County Library Director



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