Mid-Valley Regional Library
Los Angeles, CA
|City of Los Angeles
The Mid-Valley Regional Library includes the district’s regional headquarters, a community meeting room, Friends of the Library bookstore and a bookmobile facility. The building, set in a neighborhood park, is organized in a cross axial format. At the important intersection of the building’s entry axis and organizing long central axis is the reference desk, and floating above is a stepped pyramid roof, glazed in cobalt blue tile and topped by a translucent skylight. Small windows punctuate the pyramid, which sparkle at night with quartz lighting.
At the north end of the axis is a light-filled reading area and clock tower, which announces the library to the street. At the south end is the children’s library, where a storyteller’s throne is positioned under a fanciful teepee and surrounded by an imaginative landscape mural.
Existing trees were replanted to provide a mature landscape along the major boulevard fronting the property and along walkways leading from the neighborhood. Since its construction in 1994, the Mid-Valley Regional Library has become the center of the community it serves and enjoys high-volume usage.