Cooling Centers

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During hot weather, specific facilities in the City of Santa Clara are designated as cooling centers, locations where the public may come to get out of the heat during normal business hours. If chairs are set up for the public to sit down, their location should not impede building egress, such as near entrances or in hallways.

The following is a list of cooling centers and their hours of operation in the City of Santa Clara. Please call in advance to confirm current facility hours.

The County of Santa Clara provides additional information on the County website for cooling centers and services during hot weather.

 Cooling Center Information

 Cooling Centers Contact Number  Hours of Operation 
Central Park Library
2635 Homestead Rd

Mon-Thu:10 a.m. -9 p.m. 

Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Sun: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

City Hall Cafeteria
1500 Warburton Ave.
 408 -615-2220 Mon-Fri,:8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed
Community Recreation Center
969 Kiely Blvd.
 408 -615-3140 Mon-Thu: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sat: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Sun: Closed
Senior Center
1303 Fremont St.
 408-615-3170 Mon-Thu: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri: 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
Sat: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Northside Branch Library

695 Moreland Way


Mon-Tues: 10 a.m - 9 p.m.

Wed-Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission Branch Library
1090 Lexington St.

Mon-Tues: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wed.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday- Sat.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sun: Closed


Hot Weather Tips


Heat-Related Disorders

Heat stroke occurs when the body no longer sweats and body temperature reaches dangerous levels. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Dry, hot reddish skin and lack of sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Strong, rapid pulse
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to the loss of water and salt, typically through sweating. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:


  • Excessive sweating
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness and/or confusion
  • Clammy skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Flushed complexion

Heat cramps are painful cramps in the body’s muscles due to low salt levels and are typically caused by excessive sweating.  Symptoms of heat cramps include:

  • Muscle pain usually in the abdomen, arm or legs.
  • Muscle spasms usually in the abdomen, arm or legs.

Heat Rash is an irritation of the skin caused by excessive sweating.  Symptoms of heat rash include:

  • Red cluster of pimples or small blisters
  • Usually on neck and upper chest, groin area, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

Hot Weather Safety Tips:

  1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids all day long.
  2. Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more than help.
  3. Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. Change clothing if it gets completely saturated.
  4. Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
  5. Schedule frequent breaks. Take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shaded or air conditioned area.
  6. Use a damp rag. Wipe your face or put it around your neck.
  7. Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if working outside.
  8. Be alert to signs of heat-related illness. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk.
  9. Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
  10. Eat smaller meals. Eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. Avoid high protein foods.
  11. Check on family, friends and neighbors.
  12. Visit a cooling center and stay in air conditioned locations.


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