Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Press

Thank you for partnering with us to share the work of the Long Beach Public Library and Foundation with the people of Long Beach. If you have a request or feedback, please contact Molly Lewis at 562-628-2441, or by email. You’ll find general information and links to press pieces on the Foundation below:

Mission
The Foundation’s mission is to provide support to enhance the Long Beach Public Library and encourage literacy and education for all members of the community.
Founded
June 5, 1996
Headquarters
101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Number of branches
The library system has one main branch on Pacific Avenue and 11 other branches throughout Long Beach.
Position
The Long Beach system is the second-largest municipal library system in Los Angeles County.
Nonprofit status
The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support to the Long Beach Public Library through the procurement of private funds.
Funds raised
The Foundation has raised over $20 million in the 20 years since its inception.
Patrons and resources
  • Patrons checked out 1.2 million items from the library system in 2016.
  • Patrons accessed 5.4 million library resources last year.
  • The library system issued 261,519 new library cards in 2016.
Services offered

Family Learning Centers

  • Paid volunteers provide homework help and online resources for students in each branch, supported by the Foundation’s funds.
    Hours vary by branch.
  • 9,553 unique visitors attended the Family Learning Centers 2016 (as of November).
  • Volunteers spent 7,000 hours helping students with assignments.

The Studio

  • A makerspace in the Main Library featuring 3-D printers, design equipment and offering free classes each week for the public about zines, 3-D design as well as e-books and tablets.
  • 2,758 library patrons visited The Studio in 2015.

SpecialConnect

  • Located in the Main Library, a place for children with special needs with specialized books, toys, and events.
  • Items include sensory bins, adaptive apps and multisensory reading experiences to encourage literacy and education in all children.

The Information Center for People with Disabilities
Located in the Main Library, an award-winning resource providing adaptive technology, such as specialized computers for people with special needs.

General Contact Information
Kate Azar, Executive Director
kate@lbplfoundation.org
562-628-2441
Media Contact
Molly Lewis, Communications Manager
molly@lbplfoundation.org
562-628-2441