Brittney Otero, Head Librarian

Brittney Otero

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Head Librarian


As a Bay Area native, I was raised on the Peninsula and continue to call it my home. I grew up with a deep fondness for reading, learning, and helping others, so at a young age I thought I might become a teacher.

I was the first in my family to graduate from college with a BA in English, all the while not certain if I would in fact take a traditional teaching path. To support my studies, I worked several part-time jobs and my favorite quickly made itself known: the library. It was while working alongside some incredible librarians at Redwood City Public Library that I discovered I could apply my passions and ambitions through librarianship. With this spark of inspiration, I continued my studies at SJSU. Throughout grad school I began working at Burlingame High School, overseeing the library and connecting with some awesome teens. After I earned my MLIS, I received my first professional librarian job as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Palo Alto University. Though I enjoyed the thoughtful and academic environment of the university library, I missed all the energy and enthusiasm of the school library. Joining the Menlo community means I now get the best of both worlds and I am extremely excited to be a part of it!

When I’m not in and around libraries, you can find me diving into my next good read or movie, enjoying live music, traveling, hanging with my family and friends, popping into a local bookshop, and cozying up with Zushi, my crazy cat.