New Main Library to Begin Accepting Items for Time Capsule

Published: 03/30/2021


March 30, 2021



Ryan J. Railsback

Public Information Officer

(951) 826-5959




        New Main Library to Begin Accepting Items for Time Capsule

          The public can submit small Riverside memories to be placed inside


RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Starting Thursday, April 1, 2021 through April 30th, the City of Riverside’s new Main Library will begin accepting small items from our community members to go inside a time capsule.  This time capsule will be buried just outside the arcade space at the new Main Library, located at 3900 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside.

The new Main Library will be a two-story building covering approximately 42,000 square feet of innovative space.  With beautiful views of downtown and Mount Rubidoux, visitors will be able to enjoy reading and study rooms, storytime areas, laptop kiosks and wireless printing, self-checkout machines, and seating throughout this state-of-the-art facility.  The new Main Library will be opening to the public later this year.

“We are excited to bring the new main library to our Riverside community,” said the City of Riverside’s Library Director, Erin Christmas.  “This time capsule is a fun way to show the future stewards of our libraries what it was like to be a Riversider in the 21st century.”

Items allowed for the time capsule may include photographs, documents, and objects no larger than 2” x 2” x 2” in size.  Items not accepted are weapons, pornography, contraband that includes drugs or alcohol, and anything containing racism, profanity, or gang symbolism. 

Items can be dropped off at the following locations during “Library-to-Go” hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:00 p.m., then on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Arlington Library:  9556 Magnolia Avenue

Arlanza Library:  8267 Philbin Avenue

SSGT. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library:  2985 Madison Street

SPC. Jesus s. Duran Eastside Library:  4033 Chicago Avenue Ste: C

La Sierra Library:  4600 La Sierra Avenue

Marcy Library:  6927 Magnolia Avenue

Orange Terrace Library:  20010 Orange Terrace Parkway Ste: B

Any Riverside resident or business is eligible to submit an item for the time capsule.  Library staff will quarantine and inventory the donated items, and submissions will not be returned.  A committee of City staff will review all submissions, then the final selections and inventory list of donated items will be placed in the time capsule.

For more information about the City of Riverside Public Library and available services, visit our website at www.RiversideCA.gov/library.