El Camino Real Library in unincorporated East Los Angeles will close this Friday for major renovations and expansion, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced on Tuesday.
Close to a thousand square-feet will be added to the 2,300-square-foot facility, which among other things will see the addition of a new multi-purpose meeting room.
Other improvements will include a Teen Area with computer outlets and more group seating; new heating and air conditioning; new book drops, and restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to Molina’s announcement.
“With this latest library makeover, we’re helping close the Digital Divide,” Molina said. “From the San Gabriel Valley through Southeast Los Angeles, we’ve already partnered with our County Public Library to invest tens of millions of dollars to bring our libraries into the 21st Century. We’ve transformed the Anthony Quinn Library, City Terrace Library, and East Los Angeles Library in unincorporated East Los Angeles – and now it’s El Camino Real Library’s turn.”
Other new library amenities will include iPad tablets for homework help and library catalogue browsing, a new outdoor reading patio and garden with drought-tolerant shrubs and trees and more parking for both cars and bicycles.
The renovations are expected to cost $4.6 million and be completed in the Fall of 2014.
“Sup. Molina has always been a strong supporter of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, and we’re proud to partner with her on this latest library expansion and refurbishment project,” said Margaret Donnellan Todd, Los Angeles County Librarian.
During construction, library patrons are asked to visit the East Los Angeles Library at 4801 East Third Street, which can be accessed via the El Sol Shuttle.
For more information on shuttle routes and times, go to http://ladpw.org/pdd/elasw/en/index.cfm
Other nearby libraries can be located at www.colapublib.org or by calling (323) 722-5621.
Renderings of the new El Camino Real Library are available at www.colapublib.org/libs/elcaminoreal