Southern California Program

Long Beach Public Library

Civic and Community
Long Beach, CA
June 2019

The Long Beach Public Library is the second largest library system in Los Angeles County and serves more than one million patrons annually.  As part of rebuilding the Long Beach Civic Center, a new, 93,000-square-foot Main Library is being constructed to anchor a revitalized plaza that will also feature a new park and city hall facility.  The Long Beach Public Library Foundation is raising funds to help enhance specialized programmatic spaces.  These include an expanded Family Learning Center, an engaging children’s library, the Studio where visitors of all ages can participate in STEM workshops utilizing cutting-edge technologies, and a Center for Adaptive Technology to address the needs of individuals with disabilities.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support furnishings and equipment for the Children’s Library.  Over 3,000 students will receive one-on-one academic assistance through the Family Learning Center and more than 2,500 students will learn science and engineering skills through workshops offered through the Studio.

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