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La Mirada Public Library to be Upgraded

Built in 1969, the La Mirada Library will receive upgrades as part of a project between the City of La Mirada and Los Angeles County.

Built in 1969, the La Mirada Library will receive upgrades as part of a project between the City of La Mirada and Los Angeles County.

 

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 The La Mirada City Council recently approved agreements with the County of Los Angeles to enhance the La Mirada Library.

As part of Supervisor Don Knabe’s “Operation Libraries” project, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is investing $45 million into the restoration of County libraries in the Fourth Supervisorial District. About $4 million has been allocated to renovate the La Mirada Library.

The library, located at 13800 La Mirada Boulevard, has been owned and operated by the County since it was built in 1969. The City has been working with County staff to finalize a Lease Agreement and an Agreement for Architectural and Engineering Services. These agreements were approved by the City Council at its February 24 meeting. The Lease Agreement allows the County to lease the library to the City in order for the City to manage the design and construction of the project.

In February 2013, the City’s Youth in Government participants conducted a survey and recommended the library be renovated. In the survey responses patrons expressed interest in library renovations in order to make the library more inviting and user friendly. The library project will address a number of key items raised by the Youth in Government students.

Interior renovations under consideration include the reconfiguration of the library interior space; modifications to the lighting, ceiling and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system; new carpet, paint, and service desks; improvements to electrical, mechanical, and telecommunications infrastructure; new furniture, fixtures, equipment, and signage; and required ADA upgrades.

Other proposed interior renovations include adult, teen, and children’s reading areas, a family early childhood area, self-check-out machines, customer service desk, Friends Book Sale area, staff work area and offices, group study rooms, public access computers, Wi-Fi, library collection, displays, restrooms, and a community meeting room with an enhanced audio-visual system.

Exterior renovations will include building entry modifications, a civic art component, cleaning of the exterior, and associated ADA upgrades.

Throughout the renovation of the library, a temporary “Express Library” will be established in one of the City’s facilities. Design work will begin this spring. Project construction is expected to be completed by December 2016.

 

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