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Rossmoor Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Rossmoor Library, located at Gateway Complex, is mainly a recreational reading library with emphasis on current fiction and non-fiction. The Library does have some reference books and travel books, as well as a collection of books written by Rossmoor authors. The Library staff purchases the latest books and has a collection of over 9,000 hardcover and paperback books.
There is also a large collection of DVDs, which may be checked out the same as the books.
The Library is run entirely by volunteers and any Rossmoor resident is entitled to use the Library. The Library asks for a voluntary donation of $5 or more a year, which is used to buy books and DVDs. Please come in and get a library card and the helpful volunteer staff will show you around the Library.
Rossmoor has had a library at Gateway since 1965, but back then it was part of the Contra Costa County Library System. A librarian furnished by the county served part time and Rossmoor volunteers provided the needed additional staffing.
However, in 1975, the county wanted the library to be open to all residents of the Tice Valley and Saranap areas since the service was paid for by all taxpayers. For security reasons, the Golden Rain Board could not agree to opening the gates to nearby residents who wanted to use the library, so the county said it would close the Rossmoor Library on June 15, 1976.
Residents did what they do best when confronted with the loss of a service. A group was organized to keep a library in Rossmoor, and set it up to have it financed and operated by Rossmoor residents. The Golden Rain Board agreed to provide the space previously used by the county’s branch library at Gateway and to pay the cost of the utilities. The county also agreed to leave behind the books.
The Rossmoor Library opened at Gateway on July 7, 1976. It grew out of its space quickly as more books and video tapes (today there are DVDs) were acquired (purchased and donated by residents). But it wasn’t until Gateway was remodeled that the Library got the expanded quarters that it is in today. The new, expanded Rossmoor Library opened in May 2003.
The Rossmoor Library offers an up-to-date selection of fiction, nonfiction, videos and large-print books available to all Rossmoor residents to check out.