City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:120318
Current Main Library Temporarily Closes to Make Way for State-of-the-Art Facility
New library to feature new technology, art studio and expanded early literacy area
Glenda Williams
Department of Library Services

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, the Main Library, located at 101 Pacific Avenue, will close in preparation for its summer 2019 grand opening at the new Main Library (200 W. Broadway Avenue).

“This temporary closure allows Library administration and support services to ensure a smooth transition into our new Main Library building,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The community is encouraged to explore the other 11 Long Beach library branches during this period.”

The closure is necessary to move the library's extensive collection of books, media, periodicals, and special collections, including the Long Beach History Collection, Miller Room Fine Arts Collection, and the Petroleum Collection, into the new building. It also allows for the Automated Services Bureau, which provides library acquisitions and cataloging functions and is responsible for library-specific technology, to prepare for the relaunch of services.

During the closure, library materials may still be returned to the Main Library outside book drop and will be checked daily. Items may also be returned in person at any open Long Beach library location. The closest neighborhood libraries to the current Main Library are:

  • Alamitos Library, 1836 E. 3rd Street.
  • Mark Twain Library, 1401 E. Anaheim Street.
  • Burnett Library, 560 E. Hill Street.
  • Bret Harte Library, 1595 W. Willow Street.

During the Main Library closure, patrons will be able to place requests for books and other materials and choose their temporary location for pick-up. Requests can be made in person at any open library location or through the library’s online catalog at  

“We are excited to service the community through our new and improved Main Library facility,” said Glenda Williams, Director of the Department of Library Services. “In addition to regularly scheduled do-it-yourself maker workshops and 3D design and printing, residents will have access to expanded services and studio programs such as video and sound production classes, and much more.”

The new Main Library will be a state-of-the-art facility, offering residents expanded services in the Family Learning Center and Information Center for People with Disabilities, and an art studio and expanded early literacy area in the Children’s library. The new library will offer more public computers with a variety of software, four study rooms that feature collaborative tools and software, and two large public meeting rooms. Self-checkout kiosks will be added for patron convenience, as well as an automated handling system that automatically checks in and sorts material, allowing staff to return available items to the shelves quicker.

The public can obtain information regarding the temporary closure through informational flyers posted at Long Beach libraries, by visiting the Main Library's website ( for announcements, by following the conversation on social media, and by calling (562) 570-6016.

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.

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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 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 cultural programs.

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