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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.
During 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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  • This library is very clean, organized, and a very peaceful place to study and get work done. My family and I love this place.  more »
  • I love going to the Cerritos Library. Lots of space & comfortable seating areas. It’s very modern with great lighting & not like a lot of libraries that need updating. We’re very lucky to have it in o...  more »
  • Library is located in a nice area, has a parking structure, architecture is unique, has three stories, plenty of wide open spaces, a reasonable number of desks. But, unfortunately they have locked the public out of wifi network unless you have a library card, which you can only get if you live in Cerritos. I've road-tripped across many states, and often stop by a library for a break. Only in California have I encountered a walled off wifi network at a library in 2019. One time I came on a day where 90% of computers were free, and I asked if I could sit at a one of the desks to do work on my laptop, but I was not allowed to. Nice library, but it's like an airport lounge with a walled garden only for themselves.
  • This library is cool because it has a children section and is very local to people that live in artesia ..But on sundays thry are only open for 4 hrs.

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