Lakeview Terrace Branch: City Of Los Angeles Public Library

The Lakeview Terrace Branch Library in the city of Los Angeles is an exciting example of sustainable building. Some of the sustainable or “green” features present in the library are:

  • Natural daylighting
  • Shading to filter direct sunlight
  • Solar panels
  • Sensors that control indoor lighting for improved energy efficiency
  • A cooling tower

This building also features recycled content and environmentally preferable products, such as recycled carpet tiles and bamboo flooring. The Board was able to provide $250,000, for the incorporation of some of the sustainable features showcased in the library. This facility opened to the public in June 2003.

The 10,700 square foot library was designed to minimize its footprint and impact on the environment, while providing a much-needed staple to the surrounding community. The library provides this Los Angeles community a beautiful library with the following features:

  • 40,000 new books and videotapes
  • Computers with Internet access
  • A multipurpose meeting room
  • A small area in the library where teens can read
  • A special area for storytelling to small children

Anyone who visits this fabulous library also gets a chance to learn about the building and its sustainable features through the environmental resource exhibit area. This area illustrates and describes the materials and techniques incorporated throughout the library and explains why these specific materials and/or techniques were used.

This project was very exciting to see come to fruition as it is touted as the most environmentally friendly building a city contractor has ever constructed. For more information on this project visit this visit the website.

Note: This contract is closed.

For more information contact: Office of Public Affairs,