ARTESIA – A new $12.2 million county library officially opened in Artesia on Monday.
Located within Artesia Park, the library measures 10,850 square feet, more than doubling the square footage of the original 46-year-old library, which will now be used as an expansion of the community center.
The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles managed the development of the project, funded by the office of Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn.
The new library includes adult, teen, and children’s reading areas, early childhood and family areas and programming space, a homework center, two group study rooms, a teen study room.
For community events, the new library features a 100-seat community meeting room with audio-visual system and kitchenette, public restrooms, and parking for 45 vehicles.
In line with modern technology, the library offers express-service checkout machines at the lobby, laptop vending machines, information service pods, public access computers, and Wi-Fi access.
Artesia Library was designed to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Rating, and contains many sustainable features such as permeable paving, high-reflective roof, bicycle storage and drought tolerant landscaping.
A photovoltaic system is integrated to provide an alternative onsite energy source.
The library is located at 18801 Elaine Ave.