City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) is celebrating 125 years of service to the community and invites the public to follow their social media for news, updates and the latest surprises to join in the celebration.
“For 125 years, Long Beach has valued the ideals of the public library — access, diversity, intellectual freedom, privacy, lifelong learning, service and social responsibility,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are very fortunate to have the nationally recognized Long Beach Public Library as an integral part of our service to the community.”
To celebrate its 125th anniversary for the remainder of this year, the LBPL’s website will document the history and growth of the Long Beach Public Library, adding new content monthly, and sharing fun activities for kids, teens and adults, including 125 Reasons to Celebrate Your Library, 125 Great Books to Celebrate and the LBPL Anniversary Crossword Challenge. Residents are also encouraged to follow the celebrations by following LBPL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“Our Library system has grown immensely in 125 years and has adapted and changed along with the needs of our community,” said Long Beach Public Library Director Glenda Williams. “Since its humble beginnings, the Library has offered something meaningful to everyone and we will continue to do so.”
In 1895 a group of “patriotic and practical citizens” joined together to create the Long Beach Library Association in the hopes to provide the town’s 1,500 residents with a library reading room. On January 1, 1896 they opened the first library in Long Beach in a kerosene-lit wooden shack on the ocean bluff between Pacific Avenue and Pine Street with a collection of 200 miscellaneous books from the First Congregational Church.
The LBPL’s collection now includes more than 800,000 items, and features print materials, recordings, DVDs, ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies and music, and Chromebooks and wireless hotspots available for checkout. The digital library includes resources for language learning, homework and job assistance, vocational and tech classes, hobbies, genealogy and news.
Today, the Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library in the Downtown area and eleven neighborhood libraries located throughout the city.
For more information about the Library’s anniversary or current services, including LBPL To Go and Tech To Go, please visit www.lbpl.org or call 562.570.7500.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Billie Jean King Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.