January 31, 2023

For the Love of Books in Palo Alto

celebration season

Local Book Hotspots for Readers

If you love to read, this is for you.

Historic adventures, beloved bookstores and multiple library locations await in downtown Palo Alto. Read more to learn which two city libraries have newly extended hours, learn about a family-owned independent bookstore in the heart of downtown, and discover a popular library on the Stanford campus.

City Libraries in Palo Alto

Our incredible city is home to multiple library locations and continues to expand access to library resources in our community.

Recently, the hours have been extended at Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries.

More hours at all locations, a fourth day at Children’s, College Terrace and Downtown

Libraries, and opening on Sundays at Mitchell Park are all in the works!

Learn more about our five Palo Alto City Library locations here: Palo Alto City Library Online or check out all of our online library resources at the button below:

Bell’s Books

Bell’s Books is a family-owned independent bookstore that’s been serving up unique new, used + rare books for readers since 1935.

Located in downtown Palo Alto, the bookstore’s charm is complete with 2 stories of wonder, curiosity, and historic architecture as well as delightful window displays, incredible collections, and a knowledgeable staff ready to help you find what you’re looking for.

There’s something for every book lover at Bell’s Books. See their window displays on Instagram at @windowsofbells or visit their website at the button below:

Stanford Campus Libraries

With 20 libraries on campus, there’s a lot of ground to cover! Day passes are required for entry into some campus libraries.

Green Library is one of Stanford University’s most famous libraries with longer open hours, free day passes, and large selection of books + resources. You can register for your free library day passes at Green Library entrances.

Learn more about the Cecil H. Green Library here: Cecil H. Green Library or see all of the campus libraries complete with a campus library map at the button below:

Book Your Next Reading Adventure

For your reading pleasure, comfort awaits in every room at The Cardinal Hotel.

After a long read, rest your eyes in a Standard or a Deluxe Room with private baths or relax knowing you saved BIG with a Shared Bath Style Room.

  • 300 TC Stripe weave sheets / White goose down comforter
  • Luxury microtec robes and slippers
  • (2) down & feather pillows and (2) aquaplush cotton/poly pillows
  • Complimentary bottle of Voss water to refill and recycle
  • And more…

Cozy reading nooks abound in the Cardinal Hotel lobby. Whether you choose a spot by the fire or want to curl up with your favorite book in your guest room, your next read is sure to be memorable when you BOOK* with us.

*See what we did there? 🙂

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