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 state-of-the-art 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, 6 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 need continuous access to the entire building.
When will Central Library close and re-open?
The Central Library closed at the end of the day, 10:00 p.m., on September 1, 2016.
The Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017.
What about Children’s Services and afterschool programs for kids?
We realize that service to kids is a very important and a needed service for our community so we are looking for temporary space for our Children’s library services 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 for 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 & Art Center, patrons can reserve books and materials online. Materials listed at Central Library can be reserved and picked up at a different location. We will notify you via email or phone when they are ready, and you can retrieve them through any library location of your choice.
You can log in to your Library Account of the public catalog, go to the Holds Section, and change your Pick Up Location. If you need assistance, please call the Casa Verdugo Library at 818-548-2047 and staff can assist you.
How do I return books and materials while the Central Library is closed?
Patrons can return items in our outdoor Book Drops on the Central Library grounds, or at other Glendale or Pasadena branch libraries.
How can I get access to a computer or WIFI?
The other Glendale branch libraries will be open and all have public computers, and free access to WIFI. Additionally, Glendale’s Verdugo Jobs Center offers public computers for job seekers. Please see the Verdugo Jobs Center website.
Will Adult Literacy and ESL services continue?
Yes, those services will be provided at other branch libraries. Stay connected with our website 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 it is closed. Please call or visit a librarian at any other Glendale library or Pasadena library for details on how to get materials from other library systems.
Will the Friends of the Library Bookstore be open?
Opening May 1, 2017!
Our aptly renamed retail space, the Back Door Bookstore at Central Library, will be accessed from the building’s back door off the alley! We are preparing to re-open when the Central Library reopens, Monday, May 1, 2017. Right now, we are stocking shelves with new donations, representing the wide and eclectic interests of our donors.
Have books to donate? Contact the Friends!
Email the Friends for information, or bring them to the aforementioned Back Door between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please ring the bell and wait for staff assistance!
Branch Sales Continue
Books are for sale at Library, Arts & Culture locations, including Pacific Park Library's Book Nook II – a full room named after our first bookstore.
Collectible and valuable books are online on our Amazon store website. New titles are always being added by our volunteers, who sort through book donations.
Can I donate books or other materials to the Friends of the Library?
Have books to donate? Contact the Friends!
Email the Friends for information, or bring them to the Back Door Bookstore at the Central Library loading dock between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Please ring the bell and wait for staff assistance!
Donations can be made to other Library, Arts & Culture locations during open hours. Due to limited storage space and volunteer assistance donations are limited to two bags/boxes per week.
Brand Library & Art Center will continue to accept art and music donations. Please call Brand Library at 818-548-2051 if you have a large donation.
What will happen to the staff that works at the Library now?
Staff will be reassigned to other library duties. Many will move to other 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. Bond proceeds are limited to construction projects.
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. 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 support the MakerSpace and the Remembrance Room. Visit www.glendalelibraryfoundation.org for more information.