The County of Los Angeles Public Library gives you the freedom to connect, explore and create – whatever your needs or dreams. And our patrons agree because our libraries are more popular than ever. During the last fiscal year, more than 11 million people visited our 86 libraries– checking out 13.9 million items, placing over 2.5 million items on hold and enjoying over 2.7 million free Wi-Fi sessions.
During 2015, we opened new and fully renovated libraries in Castaic, Manhattan Beach and Stevenson Ranch. New constructions and renovations are underway at A.C. Bilbrew Library in Willowbrook and in Artesia, Culver City, Lomita, Los Nietos, Quartz Hill and South Whittier.
As we continue this wave of capital construction, we’ve placed ourselves at the forefront of green building practices. Seven county public libraries have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
With our exceptional programming and other resources, the County of Los Angeles Public Library proves that libraries have evolved beyond books.
Our libraries are centers of community engagement benefiting youth. We provide critical early learning programs and story times, free online tutoring for grades K-12, book clubs in the library and at probation camps and a diverse menu of quality arts and cultural programming. In response to community need, we have added Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programming for preschoolers through teens.
Recognizing that our communities need to be healthy before they are ready to read and learn, we have piloted a “Lunch at the Library” program at Carson and Norwalk Libraries. The program provides nutritious lunches to children in the summer when they do not have access to school lunches. We plan to expand this program to additional libraries.
Other notable programs include our annual Summer Reading Program which keeps youth engaged during out-of-school time so they return to school prepared to learn. The program is open to any child or teen in the lunch program.
Through partnerships with other Los Angeles County Departments, such as Sheriff’s, Probation, Parks and Recreation, Department of Children and Family Services, Mental Health, Office of Child Protection, Community and Senior Services, the Library reaches more and more underserved families and youth.
The County Library has expanded our digital collections to offer customers eBooks and other resources – anywhere, anytime. Our “24-7 Virtual Library” officially became our highest-circulating library, with 1 million online visits last year – earning us a Top Ten Award from the Quality and Productivity Commission.
So, stop by your local County Public Library today, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @LACountyLibrary. And visit the library website anytime at www.colapublib.org!