The first Long Beach library was founded in 1896 in a room adjoining the City Council office. In 1899 the library moved into City Hall next to Pacific Park. In 1909 a new Carnegie library opened near the location of the present Main Library. In 1915 Pacific Park was renamed Lincoln Park. For more than six decades, the Main Library in Lincoln Park served the public, but a growing collection combined with a 1970 fire made construction of a new library a necessity. In 1973 work began on the new Civic Center, and in 1976 a new Main Library opened. In 2019 the City of Long Beach will unveil a new Main Library at the corner of Broadway and Pacific downtown.
- Public Computers
- Free Wifi
- Wireless Printing, fees apply
- Copier, fees apply
- Community Meeting Rooms, fees apply
- Veterans Resource Center
- The Studios
- Family Learning Center
- Special Collections
- Friends of the Library Bookstore
- Air Conditioning
- Exterior Book Drop for after hours returns
- Guided Group Visits by appointment
- Fully ADA Compliant
- Accessible Main Entrance
- Accessible Restrooms
- Center for Adaptive Technology
- Elevator Access to All Library Floors
- Hearing Loop in Community Meeting Room
- Designated Parking in Garage
- Parking in Civic Center Garage: first 30 minutes free, $1.75 for the next 90 minutes with library validation, $10.00 maximum
- Metered Street Parking
- Bike Rack
A majority of Long Beach Transit buses stop near this location including the Passport Shuttle. The Metro Blue Line is also nearby.
Visit Long Beach Transit for up to date bus schedules.
LBPL Foundation Fundraising Campaign for New Main Library
The Foundation's New Main Campaign accepts donations for programs, technology, and enhancements at the new Main Library, set to open in the Summer of 2019.