Pulse of the City is an ongoing content series highlighting the many departments that comprise the City of Glendale and their respective operations.
Responsible for the management of eight library locations and countless educational materials, Library, Arts & Culture is at the forefront of Glendale’s efforts to provide residents with an abundance of quality programs and learning resources.
Library, Arts & Culture By The Numbers
1,700 Children’s Programs
700 Adult Programs
735,000 Visitors Per Year
1,300,000 Materials Checked Out Every Year
Brand Library Receives 2016 Los Angeles Conservancy Award Distinction
In 2012, the City of Glendale and architecture firm Gruen Associates began reinvigorating the Brand Library and Art Center, one of the Jewel City’s most iconic buildings. The $9.5-million renovation concluded two years later in the form of a revitalized community landmark sporting modernized structural upgrades and the return of its original vintage visual aesthetics. Recently the completed project was honored with a 2016 Los Angeles Conservancy Award, an annual award recognizing the preservation of buildings with immense historical and cultural significance.
Library, Arts & Culture Director Cindy Cleary expressed her appreciation for the award and the project’s ability to restore one of Glendale’s original jewels to its original sheen.
“We are honored that Brand Library has been chosen as a recipient of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s prestigious Historic Preservation Award,” Cleary said. “This award not only recognizes our team’s dedication to restoring the original splendor of a very special place, but also honors Leslie Brand’s legacy to the City of Glendale. Brand Library is now truly a gem that shines in the Jewel City.”
Read more about the award and Brand Library history.
Central Library Renovation
It’s important to note the Central Library will remain open throughout the entirety of the renovation process. Click here to view the service hours.
Started in July 2015, the Central Library Renovation is slated to conclude in Spring 2017. Upon completion, it’ll contain the following enhancements:
New entrances on Harvard and facing Central Park for better access to the Adult Recreation Center, Central Park and the Museum of Neon Art
Increased study, community and exhibition spaces
Improved access to technology
Additional self-service options
A Maker Space
A Remembrance Room dedicated to the history of man’s inhumanity to man and its impact to the Glendale community.
Learn more about our Library, Arts & Culture Department.
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