Happy Birthday Burnett Neighborhood Library
Opened in a room of Burnett School on November 12, 1910, the city built a new Classical Revival building in 1924 at 560 E. Hill. This building served the community—the patio was a temporary library from 1933-1938 after the earthquake—until 1968 when famed Mid-Century architect, Paul Tay, designed the current building.
Other firsts at Burnett include:
- The 1971 Federal grant to wage “The War on Poverty,” leading to specialized collections in Black History Books (now integrated into the African American Resources Area [AARA]);
- Piloting LBPL’s “Project Read” in 1985 with a State Library grant;
- The city’s first Family Learning Center which opened in 1999 (with four computers!)
Today, Burnett Neighborhood Library is proud to continue to serve the neighborhood by hosting the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach, many after-school programs, and of course, a very busy Family Learning Center.
Join us on November 16, 2019 in celebrating Burnett’s 109th birthday, and 50 years in our current building. From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM there will be games and treats. Residents can participate in a special interactive exhibit of Burnett history—help us identify past staff and patrons, share your memories, and explore our community garden.
Feel free to bring a USB drive if you would like to scan any of our wonderful memories. Or, if you have your own photos or stories of the Burnett Branch Library, we’d like to collect them for future library users.
*The Alamitos Branch is the oldest library facility in Long Beach. However, it was built by the residents of Alamitos neighborhood, not by the city. It was gifted to the city in 1910.
Visit the Burnett Neighborhood Library
560 E. Hill St.
Long Beach, CA 90806
Tue 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thu 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Each month LBPL's website will feature a different neighborhood library and the unique history, programs, and services the branch provides to the surrounding community. Stay tuned for more exciting features!