The West Hollywood Library is designed to house 150,000 items. The West Hollywood library officially opened its doors on October 1, 2011. The library, which is located at 625 North San Vicente, is a Community Library Branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. The 32,000 square foot library is a part of the West Hollywood Park project which also includes a community room, the West Hollywood cable television station, a street side coffee bar, a bookstore, council chambers, expanded green space in the park, a parking structure, and relocated tennis courts on the roof of the parking structure.
West Hollywood Library
What are some of the library’s features?
The Library holds over 150,000 volumes and includes 160 reader seats, meeting and study rooms, a children’s theater, a career center, and the West Hollywood Room. The Library offers 44 public computers, a laptop vending machine, and free WiFi. Printing and copying are available. The community room which seats 100 auditorium style or 50 at tables includes separate restrooms and a full kitchen.
What are the other features of the building?
The City Council chambers seats 143 in fixed auditorium seating and is used for meetings, lectures, films, and performances.
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
The Wells Fargo Career Center is operated by the JVS (Jewish Vocational Services). The bookstore is operated by the Friends of the Library. Items for sale are all donations and all proceeds go to support the Library’s collections, programs, services, and equipment. The West Hollywood Room contains the City’s history and records of significant individuals and events in the growth and development of West Hollywood Room.
Platanus Bibliotechalus by David Wiseman
The arts component of the Library includes a grand sculpture in the main stairwell, “Platanus Bibliotechalus” created by David Wiseman and Shepard Fairey’s Mural, “Peace, Freedom, and Creativity” gracing the Council Chambers reception area.
Peace, Freedom, and Creativity by Shepard Fairey
Children’s Story Time Theater
The magical Children’s Theater is a scaled replica of the Laurentian Library designed by Michelangelo for the de Medici family constructed from 1524 to 1534.
How many books does it hold?
The Library contains several special collections including its HIV reference collection, LGBTQ collections, World languages, and the Arts and Design collection. Customers of the West Hollywood Library have access to over 8,000,000 items in the County of Los Angeles Public Library Collections. Library patrons have access to the resources of the 85 county community libraries which can be requested on-line and delivered to the West Hollywood Library (or any other community library) and held there for pick up.
West Hollywood Library Teen Area
Does the library have any self-service equipment?
The Library includes six self-checkout stations and self-service pick of holds. Customers can come to the Library, pick up their holds, and check them out without staff assistance. Library card holders have the self-service opportunities including placing holds, checking patron records, and renewing items on-line.
About the library facility
The West Hollywood library achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold rating and is a certified green building. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic system (solar power technology that uses solar cells to convert energy from the sun into electricity); low-emitting materials for paints, coatings, and carpeting; optimized-energy performance systems (lighting, heating and ventilation); and the use of “green” housekeeping products. Bookcases and the coffered ceiling in the second floor reading room are constructed of bamboo, a highly renewable resource. The building was designed by the Culver City firm, Johnson Favaro Architecture and Urban Planning.
West Hollywood Room
Programs and services
The Library offers many programs ranging from weekly story times to monthly book clubs, to summer reading incentive programs for children, teens and adults. Cultural and enrichment program include a monthly classic movie show with free popcorn and lemonade, and weekly scrabble tournaments. The Library sponsors programs on a wide variety of topics ranging from local history, human rights, ikebana flower arranging, vegetarian cooking, authoring memoirs, writing poetry, legal rights for tenants, puppetry, balloon storytelling, and more.
Visitors to the library can park in the dedicated library parking garage free for three hours with validation. A library card is not required to visit the library, but it is required to check out materials. Adults need a library card to use the Internet. Children under 18 need a library card and parental permission to use the Internet. Library cards are available free to permanent and temporary residents of California. Cardholders can check out books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines; place holds and access account records on-line; access library databases from home; download audio books and e-books; use the Library’s computers and Internet; and connect to WiFi at any of the 85 branches.
Customer Service Area
There are many ways to contribute to the Library. Everyone is welcome to join the Friends of the West Hollywood Library; make a contribution to the County Library Foundation, a non-profit organization established to benefit the Library; make donations to the Friends bookstore; or explore volunteer opportunities in either the Library or the Friends of the Library.
For further information:
Contact Jeff Sichaleune, Community Library Manager at 310-652-5340 or Friends of the West Hollywood Library Membership Services at 323-929-2359.