Library Blog

Hayward Library challenges everyone to spend time reading, learning, and exploring this summer. Play games, earn great prizes, explore library services, and attend one of our special events.

Aerial view of Hayward’s 21st Century Library. Solar panels are in place on the rooftops of the new library and the adjacent public parking garage. The solar panels will harness clean renewable energy to power the new library. Hayward's 21st Century Library will be among the largest Net Zero Energy public libraries in the nation.

Created in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child A ReaderThe Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a lov

Construction MapConstruction Begins!
by Sean Reinhart, Director of Library and Community Services

Work on Hayward’s 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project has begun. The old main library will remain open for regular business throughout the upcoming 20 months of construction.

People sometimes ask me, “Whatever happened to the card catalog”? As many of our veteran library staff know, Hayward Public Library was one the first libraries to computerize its catalog way back in the 1980′s. Since that time, our card catalogs have been officially out of service. But we have kept them in storage for all these years, just waiting for the right reason to use them again. Meanwhile, library card catalogs have been showing up on the antiques market lately, some at eye-popping prices.