Friday, March 1, 2013

Los Angeles Library History - Happy 100th birthday to the Vermont Square branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Check out this beautiful view of the children's room from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

According to the Hand Book of the Branch Libraries, Los Angeles Public Library (1928), the Vermont Square branch celebrates it's 100th birthday today. It was the first LAPL library built using Carnegie funds and flung open its doors on March 1st, 1913 with a beginning collection of at least 2000 books. The building, landscaping, and equipment for the 8000 sq ft branch cost $38,466 (a little over $880,000 today). The Hand Book also adds that the Assembly Room "is equipped to show stereopticon views and motion pictures."

Read the history of the branch here.