Library & Resource Center

Welcome to Our Environmental Library!

The Acterra Environmental Library has been a community resource for environmental information and education for over 40 years.

Open to the public, the library has over 4,000 books, videos, DVDs, and periodical available for browsing and check-out, and cover topics ranging from native vegetation in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to reducing your carbon footprint in your cooking. 

Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Library Collection

The library has the following available for viewing and check-out:

Over 4,000 books on a wide range of environmental issues, including sustainability, energy issues, wildlife identification, and water conservation.

Over 400 magazines and newsletters, from Audubon to World Watch Magazine.

Over 300 videos and a growing collection of DVDs, such as "Affluenza", "An Inconvenient Truth", and family-friendly titles like "Hoot" and "Fly Away Home". We also feature the locally-produced environmental issues TV show "Common Ground" on video.

Environmental Volunteers Collection
Emphasizes sharing nature with children and includes classroom activity guides and children's books. The collection supports Environmental Volunteers.

Covers a wide range of local environmental topics such as Coyote Valley development, San Francisco Airport expansion, habitat restoration, Stanford land use, and much more. This collection is stored in our filing cabinets, and is not searchable through our on-line catalog.

Backpacking and Trails Collection
Covers information on backpacking, bicycling, boating, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountaineering, skiing, and more, including many trail guides and maps.

Acterra in Action
Acterra's biannual (summer and winter) newsletter. Information about recent happenings at Acterra, current environmental news, and local green resources.