The Central Library renovation is coming into its home stretch, completing major construction elements in time for the Spring 2017 grand re-opening. The Central Library will be closing its doors to the public at the end of the day on Thursday, September 1, 2016 to allow the construction crews to move into high speed while ensuring the safety of library patrons pending its big reveal. The library is currently exploring options for temporary alternative spaces in the downtown area.
Once unveiled, the reimagined Central Library will be a state-of-the-art facility for public access to information and technology. In addition to fresh new spaces for learning, studying, and collaboration, the new Central Library will include a MakerSpace, a Remembrance Room, a Digital Lab, six new conference rooms, a reinvigorated teen space, an upgraded auditorium with a green room/audio mixing room and an adjoining catering kitchen, an updated Children’s Room, and more self-service options.
Because we believe that everyone has the right to free information in Glendale, one of our highest priorities has always been to ensure the public continues to have access to library services. Here’s how we plan to ensure our community continues to receive full service during the final months of construction.
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Go online! Our catalog is available. Reserve the materials you would like to borrow and choose any other Glendale or Pasadena Library location to pick-up your items.
Use our databases, e-books, and online media anywhere. Library Card holders have 24/7 access to databases for online research, e-books, e-audiobooks, music downloads, and much more!
No overdue fees at any Glendale Library location from September through November. We know our closure is inconvenient, so we’re allowing extra time.
Frequently Asked Questions – Countdown to Grand Re-Opening
Why are you doing a renovation?
The Central Library is being renovated so that we can provide state-of-the-art public access to information and technology, and provide a community gathering place in the downtown for your lifelong learning and social needs.
The reimagined Central Library will be a 21st century facility for public access to information and technology. In addition to fresh new spaces for learning, studying, and collaboration, it will include a MakerSpace, a Remembrance Room, a Digital Lab, six new conference rooms, a reinvigorated teen space, an upgraded auditorium with a green room/audio mixing room and an adjoining catering kitchen, an updated Children’s Room, and more self-service options.
Why is the Central Library closing?
We have kept the Central Library open as much as possible during construction. During these final months, the construction crews will require continuous access to the entire building, and to ensure the safety of all library users, the library will be closed until completion.
When will Central Library close and re-open?
The Central Library will close at the end of the day on September 1, 2016. The Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Spring 2017.
What about Children’s Services and afterschool programs for kids?
We realize the importance of children’s services and are looking for a temporary space to ensure the availability of these services and programs while the Central Library is closed. We look forward to announcing a temporary location in the Downtown area later this month. Several programs that are scheduled to take place at the Adult Recreation Center, such as author appearances, will continue as planned.
How can I get books and materials while the Central Library is closed?
In addition to visiting one of our six neighborhood libraries and the Brand Library and Art Center, patrons can reserve books and materials online. Materials may be retrieved at any other library location of your choice and a notification will be sent when they are ready. We are also considering a temporary pickup location outside of the Central Library. More information on this service will be coming soon.
How do I return books and materials while the Central Library is closed?
Patrons can return items in our outdoor book drops located on the Central Library grounds, or at other Glendale or Pasadena branch libraries.
Will the other neighborhood libraries still be open?
Yes. All other Glendale libraries will be open. In fact, many sites will have expanded hours. Check our website at www.glendaleLAC.org for updates.
How can I get access to a computer or WIFI?
All other Glendale branch libraries will remain open and have public computers with access to free WIFI. Additionally, Glendale’s Verdugo Jobs Center offers public computers for job seekers. Please see their website at www.verdugojobscenter.org.
Will Adult Literacy and ESL services continue?
Yes, these services will be provided at other branch libraries. Stay connected at www.glendaleLAC.org for updates.
Will Inter-Library Loans still be available?
Yes. The Inter-Library Loan process will remain uninterrupted, except that pick-ups will not be handled at the Central Library while closed. Please call or visit a librarian at any other Glendale library or Pasadena library location for details about how to get materials from other library systems.
Will the Friends of the Library Bookstore be open?
The Friends are gearing up to open a new Bookstore. Please check their website for more information and updates after September 1.
Where can the public find meeting rooms for rent?
A list of rooms for public rental is available on our webpage here. After September 1, the Central Library spaces will be removed from this list.
What will happen to the staff that works at the Central Library?
Staff will be reassigned to other library duties. Many will move to other library sites so that hours at those sites can be expanded.
How is this construction being paid for?
The Central Library renovation is a capital improvement investment for the City. Funding is provided by 2010 Redevelopment Bond Proceeds and the City of Glendale.
How can the public get involved?
We’re always interested in hearing the community’s input about what the Central Library can offer. Email our community outreach management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can the public volunteer or make a donation to support the new Central Library
The Central Library receives financial support from the Friends of the Glendale Public Library and the Glendale Library Foundation. The Friends of the Library is a member-supported, volunteer organization that raises funds to bring literary events to the Library. For more information or to join, see www.friendsofglendalepubliclibrary.org/join. The newly-formed Glendale Library Foundation raises money to pay for needed capital projects, materials, and equipment. Over the next year, their fundraising efforts will focus on supporting the MakerSpace and the Remembrance Room. Visit www.glendalelibraryfoundation.org for more information.