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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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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

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The Summer Reading Challenge runs May 17 through August 2 with a challenge for everyone! Register today on our Beanstack page.

El Reto de lectura de verano se llevará a cabo entre el 17 de mayo al 2 de agosto. ¡Hay un reto de lectura para todos! Inscríbanse en el reto de lectura por medio de nuestra página de Beanstack.


Career Development Resources

The Stanislaus County Library, in a partnership with the Stanislaus County Workforce Development department, will offer expanded access to career resources and services for job seekers. The services include access to CAreer Pathways, a collection of online job training, skill building, academic and vocational exam prep, and professional development tools. Through the partnership, a series of topical workshops, From Job Search to Career Success, will be offered to help job seekers learn about library and community resources, assess current skills, and refine their job search process. More information.


California State Parks Pass

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The Stanislaus County Library offers free California State Park day-use passes, available for checkout with a library card. The new vehicle day-use passes provide entry at more than 200 participating state park units.

California State Library Parks Passes may be checked out for 14 days. Passes are valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of up to nine people, or one highway licensed motorcycle.

These vehicle day-use passes are not valid for per-person entry or tour fees, boat use, camping or special events. For more information about the California State Library Parks Pass program, including links to an interactive map and a list of ineligible parks, please visit www.CheckOutCAStareParks.com.


New Horizons: 2022 Reading Challenge

February 1 - December 31, 2022

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Explore new horizons this year with our all ages 2022 Reading Challenge! Log your reading throughout the year to earn new badges as you step into uncharted territory, journey to distant lands, and adventure away! Remember, all reading in any format counts. Not sure where to start your reading journey? We'd love to help you pick your next read. Contact or visit your local Stanislaus County Library or browse our e-Resources for more book inspiration. Register on Beanstack to participate.


Flipster eMagazines

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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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Learn about happenings at Stanislaus County Libraries in the 2020-2021 Annual Report available here .



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 nytimes.com, and more. To activate your subscription, register with the nytimes.com 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.

Sign up here


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



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


Affordable Care Act Information

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  • 800-300-0213 (Spanish)

Help is also available in 200 other languages

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.

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