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Cerritos Library, Cerritos

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The Cerritos Library, the New Cerritos Library, or the Cerritos Public Library is the civic library for the City of Cerritos, California. It was rededicated on March 16, 2002, with the new moniker and the current futuristic design. It was the first building to feature an exterior clad with titanium panels in the United States. It boasts to be the first "Experience Library" and focuses on themed spaces, high quality artwork, and inspirational architecture rather than being another library in the traditional sense.HistoryDuring Cerritos' period of rapid growth in the 1970s, a series of high-profile developments, including a new library, was planned. Debate whether or not to join the County of Los Angeles Public Library system and share a branch with neighboring Artesia or to create a separate facility persisted early on. In the end, with the help of various associations such as the Friends of the Cerritos Library and the then-city manager (who wanted to save the residents from a $20-a-year library tax), the city decided to build its own municipal library.On the corner of Bloomfield and 183rd Street, on the site of a former strawberry field, the initial groundbreaking for the Cerritos Library took place in June 1972. The building would be the first building added to the Cerritos Civic Center and was dedicated on October 13, 1973 in honor of Cerritos native, First Lady Patricia Nixon and all other First Ladies both past and present. The site was designed by local contractor AJ Padelford & Son using blueprints from architect Maurice Fleishman, AIA.
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  • It is a great library. It include lecture hall, Well design for children library, self study, and community activity. The structure is so amazing n outstanding.  more »
  • You will understand how wealthy the City of Cerritos is by visiting their public library. It puts most libraries in the world to shame. There is a stunning aquarium when you enter, a reading room with...  more »
  • Excellent environment for spending your leisure time. You may book a private room for group project discussion with your classmates.  more »
  • Amazing selection of books and stories. It contains some rooms you can rent with you library card; they end up being very useful is you need a place to study or do a group project. The sculpture garden nearby is also a nice place to travel to if you need a break from studying.
  • Amazing library, they have kids space and teenage space. (13-18) great layout plenty of computers and private rooms for meetings and private conversations. Absolutely beautiful inside and out.
  • This library used tobe a pleasant place to go to before encountering rude staff. Some of the staff were kind, and quite helpful if you requested their aid. However, a few specific staff members were quite rude recently to a couple friends and I. Such incidents include: -following us around tell us to leave the library for reasons like playing with cards or speaking to loudly (we were talking to each other in a very low tone) -Directly stopping us at the entrance if the library, and not allowing us to enter -Restricting us to one section of the library after finding us casually browsing the DVD selection This specific staff member was very rude and constantly made us leave the library on the account unreasonable claims (ie, accusing us of having complaints filed against us when no one, besides her, had played us any mind) The library has a good collection of literature , and is extremely useful for research/ But, it is not a place I would reccomend to attend for the reason of very disrespectful and petty staff.
  • My experience for first time been there was great ., I have 3 kids that love the kids section. Is very big Library it have many sections 2 two story building, very clean. One of favorites place to take my kids . Oh but the way Cerritos Lynette card is only free for Cerritos residentes.
  • Get a library card. Its still a great place to check out books if you love reading. Very nice children's section.
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