County of Los Angeles Public Library

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County of Los Angeles Public Library
County of Los Angeles Public Library logo.png
Country United States
Type Public
Established 1912
Reference to legal mandate County Free Library Act
Location Downey, Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates 33°55′40.88″N 118°9′41.67″W / 33.9280222°N 118.1615750°W / 33.9280222; -118.1615750
Branches 85
Size 4,799,808
Criteria for collection County residents
Access and use
Circulation 13,026,434
Population served 3,375,417
Members 3,045,433
Other information
Budget US$131,063,244 (2015/16)[1]
Director Skye Patrick, County Librarian
Staff 1,483 (2010)[1]
References: [2]
Maywood Cesar Chavez Library
West Hollywood Library
The original Pico Rivera Library, rebuilt around 2012-13

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is the 2nd largest public library system in the United States[3] which serves residents living in 49 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County, California. United States and those living in unincorporated areas resulting in a service area extending over 3,000 square miles (7,800 km2).[4]

History and Politics

"County Free Library Act" (1912) established and authorized the Los Angeles County Free Library, later to become the County of Los Angeles Public Library system of branches.

The library system, headquartered in Downey, California, is overseen by the Library Commission of 20 appointed members who report on administration, operation, and service to the County Board of Supervisors who operate County Library as a special fund department.[5]

Skye Patrick was appointed County Librarian on February 1, 2016.[6]

Services and Resources

The mission of the library is to "provide our diverse communities with easy access to the information and knowledge they need to nurture their cultural exploration and lifelong learning." As such, the library provides many resources, including literacy services and programs for families and children.[7]

The library system offers consumer health information under CHIPS (Consumer Health Information Program and Services).


Available to visitors within each library are reference and circulating books, periodicals and audio/visual materials. Catalog terminals query the collection of the entire library system. Information centers offer a collection of pamphlets and community information featuring upcoming events. A payphone may be in the lobby, by the restroom or outside near the entrance. A copier may be available for a fee per copy. Ad hoc productivity software/internet computer access may be limited by reservations and a printer is available for a fee per copy using the pay station to place credit on library card accounts or a visitors temporary account.

Card Holders

Registered Library Card holders in good standing may:

  • check out up to 50 circulating books, periodicals and audio/visual materials.
  • place up to 50 items on hold.
  • order books from other libraries within the county system for local pick-up/check-out.
  • reserve productivity software/internet terminals for up to one hour.
  • print 10 pages free per day.
  • only children may log on in the children's computer center, without reservation.
  • access free, unlimited wi-fi, using their own equipment.

Website Card Holders patrons in good standing who log in with their library card number and pin may:

  • renew checked-out materials.
  • reserve productivity software/internet terminal time.
  • use Live Homework Help®
  • download audio books and e-Books.
  • access all Databases & Online Resources
    • Auto Repair, Biographies, Business, Career, Directories, Downloadable Audio & eBooks, Encyclopedias, Español, Genealogy, Health and Medicine, History, Homework, Kids, Languages, Legal, Literature, Magazines & Newspapers, Science, Social Issues, Taxes, Test Prep, Travel, Virtual Reference Library.


The system operates 85 branch locations, 3 bookmobiles, and 2 institutional libraries :

  • A C Bilbrew Library
  • African American Resource Center
  • Acton Agua Dulce Library
  • Agoura Hills Library
  • Alondra Library
  • American Indian Resource Center
  • Angelo M. Iacoboni Library
  • Antelope Valley Bookmobile
  • Anthony Quinn Library
  • Artesia Library
  • Asian Pacific Resource Center
  • Avalon Library
  • Baldwin Park Library
  • Bell Gardens Library
  • Bell Library
  • Carson Library
  • Castaic Library
  • Charter Oak Library
  • Chet Holifield Library
  • Chicano Resource Center
  • City Terrace Library
  • Claremont Library
  • Clifton M. Brakensiek Library
  • Compton Library
  • Cudahy Library
  • Culver City Julian Dixon Library
  • Diamond Bar Library
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
  • Duarte Library
  • East Los Angeles Library
  • East Rancho Dominguez Library
  • El Camino Real Library
  • El Monte Library
  • Florence Library
  • Gardena Mayme Dear Library
  • George Nye Jr. Library
  • Graham Library
  • Hacienda Heights Library
  • Hawaiian Gardens Library
  • Hawthorne Library
  • Hermosa Beach Library
  • Hollydale Library
  • Huntington Park Library
  • La Cañada Flintridge Library
  • La Crescenta Library
  • La Mirada Library
  • La Puente Library
  • La Verne Library
  • Lake Los Angeles Library
  • Lancaster Library
  • Lawndale Library
  • Leland R. Weaver Library
  • Lennox Library
  • Littlerock Library
  • Live Oak Library
  • Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library
  • Lomita Library
  • Los Nietos Library
  • Lynwood Library
  • Malibu Library
  • Manhattan Beach Library
  • Masao W. Satow Library
  • Maywood César Chávez Library
  • Montebello Library
  • Norwalk Library
  • Norwood Library
  • Paramount Library
  • Pico Rivera Library
  • Quartz Hill Library
  • Rivera Library
  • Rosemead Library
  • Rowland Heights Library
  • San Dimas Library
  • San Fernando Library
  • San Gabriel Library
  • Santa Clarita Valley Bookmobile
  • Sorensen Library
  • South El Monte Library
  • South Whittier Library
  • Stevenson Ranch Library
  • Sunkist Library
  • Temple City Library
  • Topanga Library
  • Urban Outreach Bookmobile
  • View Park Library
  • Walnut Library
  • West Covina Library
  • West Hollywood Library
  • Westlake Village Library
  • Willowbrook Library
  • Wiseburn Library
  • Woodcrest Library


  1. ^ a b "Statistics County of Los Angeles Public Library". Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Skye Patrick (2016). "Statistical Information Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2016". County of Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  3. ^ "ALA Library Fact Sheet 22 - The Nation's Largest Libraries". American Library Association. September 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Statistics | County of Los Angeles Public Library". Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Public Records". County of Los Angeles Public Library. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  6. ^ "L.A. County chooses new librarian". Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  7. ^ Murray, Stuart A. P. “The Library: An Illustrated History.” New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, 2012, p. 263.

Further reading

  • Woelfel, Roger H. (1987). Diamond Jubilee: Seventy-Five Years of Public Service. Glendale, CA: Arthur C. Clark Company. ISBN 0-87062-181-5

External links

  • County of Los Angeles Library system
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