Q. How do I return my items?

Answer

You may return items to any of our Alameda County Library locations, no matter which location they were originally checked out from.

While our libraries remain closed, we are accepting returns on a reduced schedule. Libraries will accept returns during No Contact Holds Pickup Service hours

Each library will also accept returns in our book drops on specific days. Book drops will be closed early if full. There may be a delay of up to 10 days before items are checked-in, as items will not be handled until at least 96 hours after the book drop is closed. This practice is based on industry-specific information available to libraries from REALM (REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project. 

We are not accepting donations at this time, and return receipts are unavailable.

When Materials Can Be Accepted 

Where hours are noted below, items can be returned in carts at No Contact Holds Pickup Service. 
Where Book Drop is shown, items may be returned through the regular drop or outside bin.

Location

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Albany

Book Drop

Book Drop

Book Drop

12pm - 5pm

12pm - 5pm

12pm - 5pm

12pm - 5pm

Castro Valley

Book Drop

Book Drop

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Centerville

Book Drop

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

10am - 2pm

Book Drop

Dublin

Book Drop

Book Drop

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm
Book Drop

Fremont Main

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm

9:30am - 5pm
Book Drop

9:30am - 5pm
Book Drop

9:30am - 5pm
Book Drop

Irvington

Book Drop

 

 

 

 

 

Book Drop

Newark

10am - 5pm

10am - 7pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

Book Drop

Book Drop

Book Drop

Niles

Book Drop

 

 

 

 

 

Book Drop

San Lorenzo

Book Drop

Book Drop

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

Union City

Book Drop

Book Drop

Book Drop

1pm - 5pm

1pm - 7pm

1pm - 5pm

10am - 2pm

 

  • Last Updated Sep 18, 2020
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  • Answered By Ben G

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  1. We tried to return book at 12:15 noon on Thusrday. We parked in the rear lot.No one there. Walked thru lobby to book drop. No one there and drop closed. . Back to parking lot. No one there.Now about 12:30.Left..Do you need an appt to return books on open days?
    by CM on Sep 08, 2020.