Glenda in library

Long Beach's Director of Library Services, Glenda Williams, explains some of the components of the children's area in the new Main Library.

Second District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce is asking for suggestions about what to name the new main library under construction downtown.

Pearce's council district includes the Civic Center, library and Lincoln Park. The new library at Broadway and Pacific Avenue replaces the semi-underground library that was located at Pacific and Ocean Boulevard, with the main entrance facing Lincoln Park.

Pearce said in a release that she plans to take a recommendation to the full City Council on July 2 so it can go through the hearing process and get final approval before the library opens this fall. That means suggestions must be submitted by Friday, June 21 — just more than a week away. Letters should be emailed to

“Libraries are a special place in a community, libraries are portals to other worlds," Pearce wrote in a release. "They are pathways to fulfillment or success. They are safe places where anyone can spend their time. Where children find the skills to be adults, and where adults find the spark that reminds them of childhood.

"None of this would be possible without the community. Community is the heart and success of this library, and should be at the forefront of finding a fitting name.”

The new main library is scheduled to open in September, city officials have said. It has entrances facing what will be the new Lincoln Park, and Broadway.

The 93,000-square-foot library is an open space design providing increased access to library materials, dedicated children's areas, a makerspace studio and a family learning center. The building is LEAD certified and solar powered.

At the July 2 City Council meeting, a recommendation is expected to be sent to the council's Housing and Neighborhoods Committee. After a hearing there, it will be returned to the council for a final hearing. Public comment will be accepted at all three meetings.

The library is part of the new Civic Center project, with a new City Hall and Port of Long Beach headquarters building. City employees will begin moving into those buildings next month, with a July 29 grand opening scheduled.

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