101 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90822
The Main Library is located in the Civic Center, at the corner of Ocean & Pacific in Downtown Long Beach. The Main Library is close to Long Beach Transit and the Metro Blue Line. 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.
On Saturdays 9/15/18 and 9/22/18 the Civic Center/Broadway garage will be closed due to construction activity from 8:30a – 3:30p. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If the Civic Center parking garage is full, Downtown Long Beach Alliance and EZparkLB offer further information on parking downtown.
Events & Classes
See our Story Times, Book Clubs, and Special Events Calendar.
The Family Learning Center is open Tuesday 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m., Thursday 2:30 - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Long Beach History Collection
Loraine and Earl Burns Miller Special Collections Room: The Miller Room is open Tuesday - Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 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.
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.
Send and print documents from any smartphone, tablet or laptop and pick them up in the Copy Center at Main Library. Use one of the mobile apps or email your document to the printer.
For more information about The Studio see our Studio page.
The Main Library has a meeting room and auditorium available on a rental basis.
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
Main Park Time Lapse