Long Beach Public Library Foundation


Our Library Foundation supports the following programs available to the over 1 million annual visitors of the Long Beach Public Library.

Family Learning Centers

  • Free homework and job search assistance
  • Locations at Main Library and neighborhood branches throughout Long Beach
  • One-on-one assistance from trained Learning Guides
  • Computer skills training
  • English language resources
  • SpecialConnect serving families with special needs children

Makerspace Studios

  • Technology labs at Main Library, the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, and the new Mobile Studio visiting sites and events across the city
  • Resources and instruction in 3D printing, robotics, graphic design and video game design for school projects, art installations, and business concepts
  • Free workshops, classes, and lectures on design and developing new ideas shaped by the STEAM educational initiative
  • Highly talented Studio Guides providing one-on-one assistance for patrons of all ages and skill levels

Promoting Literacy

  • Community literacy events like the Mayor’s Book Club, sharing an annual read of an accomplished author
  • Developing a love for reading through the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program
  • A free dictionary for every third grade student in the Long Beach Unified School District and activities to teach dictionary use during the annual Dictionary Days
  • Addressing the “summer slide” by engaging K-12 youth and adults in the Summer Reading Program
  • Homebound Reader delivery service for seniors who are unable to visit the Library
  • Literary events featuring author talks, book selections, and discussion

Tools for Success

  • Scholarships for adults to get a second chance to earn their high school diploma through the Library’s Career Online High School program
  • Specialized resources, adaptive technologies, and peer assistance for adults with special needs in the Information Center for People with Disabilities (ICPD)
  • Enhancements and modern additions to current public libraries and new libraries being developed in our city