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Milestone moments from 100 years of book borrowing.


Courtesy of the Contra Costa County Library

Since the days of Mesopotamia, libraries have housed our collections of knowledge. And in 1913—the year Henry Ford developed the first moving assembly line and European powers mobilized for WWI—the Contra Costa County Library system began. Here are some highlights.  


1913 - Contra Costa County Library opens its first branch in Walnut Creek, followed by Concord. Today, there are 26.

1955 - Bookmobile service begins, bringing the library to additional communities, such as nursing homes.

1964 - The catalog is launched—as a book. Later, it is converted to microfilm (1977) and CD-ROM (1988). Today, it’s online.

1994 - Public computers are introduced, with Pleasant Hill and San Ramon branches the first to receive systems.

2002 - Online book reservations launch.

2004 - Downloadable e-book and audiobook titles become available.

2008 - Library-a-Go-Go, the first automated lending machine in the nation, launches at Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station.

2011 - Discover & Go program begins, granting members access to 40 museums, concert venues, science centers, theaters, and zoos.

Celebrate the library's 100 years at a party at Pleasant Hill Park on July 21. For more information, visit http://guides.ccclib.org/100thbirthday.

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