South El Monte Library

1430 North Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733

626-443-4158

History:

The library, as part of the new South El Monte Civic Center complex, was built in 1966. Present at the dedication ceremony were County Supervisor Frank G. Bonelli and County Librarian William Geller. The facility, under a 20-year lease from the City of South El Monte, was purchased by the County of Los Angeles in June 1986. In early 1996, the city generously financed a complete renovation of the library.

The library's collection totals approximately 56,115 books. This includes Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese language collections. In addition, the library subscribes to 64 magazines and newspapers and has special collections of California phone books, local college catalogs, large print books, and a pamphlet collection. Audiovisual holdings include approximately 4,179 videocassettes and 3,502 audio recordings.

The library building is 6,144 square feet and features a magazine lounge area and an audio-visual section. The library was entirely refurbished in early 1996 with new carpet, tile, and decor.

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