Phase I Renovation - What's Happening?

Love is in the air! Traditionally, February is the month of love, but as we continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our library’s main building, we are beginning to see 2017 as the year of loving our library. What is the ultimate gesture of love for a historic library? A renovation, of course!

Built in 1967, our beloved library is due for some much-needed touch ups, and in order to fix the effects of 50 years of heavy use in a cost-effective way. The project will use grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a donation from the Foundation and some general budget funds. The Phase I Renovation will begin with important changes to shelving and doorways throughout, to meet compliance requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and seismic safety code. Beautifully crafted, state-of-the-art shelving and displays will be installed across the library floor, including the Children’s Section. Brand new, artful book bins will be provided to optimize the space allocated for our youngest patrons. The most visible of planned changes will undoubtedly be the updates to flooring and carpeting. Thanks to the generosity of the Altadena Library Foundation, floors will be replaced with modern Shaw Contract® flooring. Say goodbye to the worn, aging carpets we have grown accustomed to! Per the swatches at right, the color of the primary library carpet will be a deep mossy pine, reflective of the lush foliage surrounding the library. The teens’ lounge will be updated with rust- and clay-colored carpet, and our child patrons will enjoy a timeless teal.

While the floors receive their well-deserved renewal, the library will take an important step toward expanding its potential for technology usage: installation of additional electrical and data outlets throughout the library. More outlets allow for charging stations for mobile device users and increased computer capacity in the future. Finally, to keep up with the bright, colorful carpeting and flooring, the last steps of the renovation will include creation of innovative signage and rejuvenation of the library’s planters, original wood and tiling. Sadly, time has come to retire the 50 year old palm in the atrium and replace it with a new palm that will hopefully last another 50 years.  

To accomplish the extensive Phase I Renovation, the Main Library will be closed from mid-March through the end of April. Please mark your calendars and come love the new library at our culminating Grand Reopening celebration on Saturday, June 10th! After weeks of closure, the community will gather for a day of excitement, community building, and discovery. As we explore the newly renovated library, we will celebrate the Library’s 90+ year legacy and its 50 years in the Main Building, originally designed by renowned architect Boyd Georgi in the 1960s.

Have questions? We have answers! Have suggestions? We want to hear them! Please contact Library Director Mindy Kittay at or in person at the Library.