FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 102014
Community Invited to North Library Groundbreaking Ceremony on Oct. 25
Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmembers Rex Richardson and Al Austin
and the Department of Library Services invite the public to a
groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Neighborhood Library, at
10 am on Saturday, October 25, at 5870 Atlantic Ave., in Long
"The new North Library is extremely important, because Long Beach
Public Library services are both more popular and more necessary
than ever," Mayor Robert Garcia said. “Investing in our
libraries is an investment in education and lifelong learning, and
supporting education is the best investment we can make in our
The new North Library will be a state-of-the-art 24,655-square-foot
single-story facility and will feature many amenities, including
three separate community meeting rooms, a community patio, a
storytime theater space, displays for artwork, an expanded
children’s library and separate library areas for teens and
adults. The new building will feature artistic glass walls and
green foliage to face residences on Lime Avenue, and incorporate a
reproduction of the former Atlantic Theatre's iconic tower into a
glass roof accenting the children's section.
“The Uptown Renaissance continues with the new North
Library,” Councilmember Rex Richardson said. “The new
North Library will increase the quality of life for community
members, and increase civic engagement by giving residents of North
Long Beach more space to gather, share new ideas, and meet and
interact with one another.”
The current North Library, located nearby at 5571 Orange Ave., was
built in 1951 and is only 6,800 square feet. One of the
City’s smaller libraries, it serves the largest population of
all the neighborhood libraries in Long Beach. The new North Library
will be four times the size of the current branch. Its collection
will double in size and will offer four times more computer
workstations and an enhanced Family Learning Center.
“The new North Library will enable more people to access the
information they need and desire,” Councilmember Al Austin
said. “The larger facility will also facilitate increased
programs and services to the entire community, including children,
families, teens, adults and seniors.”
The new North Branch Library will feature cutting edge technology
such as a makerspace, self-checkout kiosks, an automated book
return and sorting system, and 3D printing, along with enhanced
technology services for disabled residents, currently available
only at the Main Library.
“As more information is delivered via computers, smart
phones, and other electronic devices, our community needs the
ability to discover, comprehend and present content across various
media,” said Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services.
“Enhancing technology at the new North Library will provide
more opportunities to patrons of North Library to develop these
skills for the 21st Century.”
The project has been designed to incorporate many energy-efficiency
and water conservation measures in order to achieve LEED Silver
Certification. The design will improve indoor air quality for
inhabitants and reduce consumption of resources.
In advance of the groundbreaking ceremony, the City will be
conducting a community meeting on October 23 from 6:00 – 7:00
PM at Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. The general contractor and
construction management team will discuss the construction schedule
and efforts under way to minimize impacts on the community.
The library will be located on former Redevelopment Agency
(RDA)-owned property, and is scheduled to open in mid-2016.
The $17 million project is funded through a variety of sources,
including American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Bonds
issued by the former RDA, Upland Oil Funds and one-time funds
approved by the City Council.