The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has provided free and equal access to information, education, innovation, and community since 1896. For over 125 years, LBPL has grown to encompass 12 unique library locations across our diverse city and we continue to provide access to essential services and amenities that enrich our neighborhoods and empower our visitors.
With hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from and an impressive selection of digital content, our collections of books, movies, music, audiobooks, and magazines are free to browse, borrow, stream, and download for all library card holders.
We operate Family Learning Centers to support lifelong learning, academic, and career success. Our Studios are tech hubs inspiring new ideas and creative problem solving. We provide access to computers, high speed internet, and digital tools to close the digital divide in Long Beach. We support literacy, language learning, civic engagement, and social success. LBPL is a place of transformative experiences. Visit us today!
Recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services bestows this honor upon institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to community service.
In 2017 Long Beach Public Library was presented this award in acknowledgement of the dynamic programming, services, and community outreach we provide which touches the lives of individuals and helps our communities thrive.
2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Recipients