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

Mon-Thurs: 10 am - 9 pm
Sat: 10 am. - 5 pm
Other Locations & Hours


Need to renew materials? Need to check your account?

Please use the box to the right (at the bottom on mobile devices). To log in, enter the barcode on the back of your library card and the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library card account.


Scholastic Books Discount Sale

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Great Deals starting at 25%-50%, some even 80%. Some items are just $1.00!

All NEW books - for Children & Teens

Where: The Modesto Library Auditorium

  • Tuesday, May 17 -Thursday, May 19 -- 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 21 -- 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

For more information call: (209) 996-1531

*Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Library


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Calling all Teens! Do you like to make crafts? Do you like to make money? Then this is the event for you. Teens ages 13 - 18 can sign-up through June 9, 2016 to sell at the All-Teens Craft Fair. You create the crafts and on June 18, 2016, come sell them at the library! Teens must preregister to sell at the craft fair, but everyone is invited to come shop.

Registration form is available here.


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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.


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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 DrivingTests.org, 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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