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Main Library
 101 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90822
(562) 570-7500

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Parking
The Main Library is located in the Civic Center, at the corner of Ocean & Pacific in Downtown Long Beach. The Civic Center parking garage is located at Broadway & Chestnut. First 30 minutes free, $1.75 for the next 90 minutes with library validation, $10.00 maximum. The Main Library is close to Long Beach Transit and the Metro Blue Line

Events & Classes
See our Story Times, Book Clubs, and Special Events Calendar

Homework Help
The
Family Learning Center is open Tuesday 2:00 - 8:00PM, Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00PM, Thursday 2:30 - 6:00PM and Saturday 11:00AM - 5:00PM.

Special Collections

Long Beach History Collection

Loraine and Earl Burns Miller Special Collections Room: The Miller Room is open Tuesday - Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00PM. This elegant art reference center was made possible by a gift from Loraine Miller Collins in memory of her late husband, Earl Burns Miller. The Miller Room houses the Miller Fine Arts Collection, The Bertrand Smith Sr. Collection, and The Marilyn Horne Archives. Miller Room Brochure (PDF). 

Genealogy: A special collection of 2,000 volumes supported by Questing Heirs, a volunteer organization which periodically donates material to the collection.

Government Publications: The Long Beach Public Library is a depository library for documents from the State of California and the Federal Government.

Technology
LBPL cardholders have access to public computers with internet, Microsoft Office, and printing. Access is on a first come basis and is limited to 60 minutes per day.

Facility Rental
The Main Library has a meeting room and auditorium available on a rental basis.

History
The first Long Beach library was founded in 1896, in a room adjoining the City Council office. In 1899, the library moved into City Hall next to Pacific Park. In 1909 a new Carnegie library opened, near the location of the present Main Library.  In 1915 Pacific Park was renamed Lincoln Park. 
For more than six decades, the Main Library in Lincoln Park served the public, but a growing collection, combined with a 1970 fire, made construction of a new library a necessity. In 1973, work began on the new Civic Center, and in 1976, the new Main Library opened. The statue of Abraham Lincoln still stands next to the Main Library. Tours are available by reservation. Please call the Community Services Department at (562) 570-7500.

City Council Representative
Long Beach City Council District 2

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