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The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is an American public library system located in Long Beach, California.

Main Library

A child reading a book inside the Main library.
A child reading a book inside the Main library.

The Main Library's [2] first building was funded by a $30,000 donation from Andrew Carnegie and $4,000 of city funds.[1] The Library opened in 1909 within Pacific Park, now known as Lincoln Park, downtown on Pacific Avenue at Broadway. When the building site was condemned for construction of a New Main Library and City Hall building in the late 1970s, the library was moved to a building located on Ximeno Avenue, for a period of about 18 months.

In 2015, the Long Beach Public Library became the first library in California to begin circulating zines publicly in its collection. Now the main branch houses a few hundred zines to take home.

In January 2019, the Main Library was permanently closed in lieu of the new location, which reopened on September 21, 2019 as the Billie Jean King Main Library, with King attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony herself.[2] The building occupies a first floor and lower level at 101 Pacific Ave, at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, across the park from its former location.

The library displays nine murals titled "9 Children's Stories" by artist Suzanne Miller, created with the support of the Federal Art Project and Works Progress Administration.[3]

Branches

Long Beach Public Library is located in Long Beach, California
Main
Main
Alamitos
Alamitos
Ruth Bach
Ruth Bach
Bay Shore
Bay Shore
Brewitt
Brewitt
Burnett
Burnett
Dana
Dana
El Dorado
El Dorado
Bret Harte
Bret Harte
Los Altos
Los Altos
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
A map of each library location under the Long Beach Public Library system.

The Long Beach Public Library operates the following branches:

The Alamitos branch was constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1938.[4]

Databases and downloadable media

References

  1. ^ Grobaty, Tim. "A look back at Andrew Carnegie's gift to Long Beach • Long Beach Post News". lbpost.com.
  2. ^ "Long Beach makes it official: It's the Billie Jean King Main Library now". Press Telegram. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  3. ^ July 11, Eileen Hunter. "Long Beach Main Library Murals - Long Beach CA". Living New Deal.
  4. ^ "Alamitos Neighborhood Library - Long Beach CA". Living New Deal.

Coordinates: 33°46′04″N 118°11′41″W / 33.767808°N 118.194609°W / 33.767808; -118.194609