Willowbrook Library Opens Its Doors with Fanfare

Willowbrook Library Opens Its Doors with Fanfare

Withee Malcolm Architects joined representatives from the County of Los Angeles, LA County Libraries, the Community Development Commission/Housing Authority of the County, Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, Thomas Safran and Associates, The Design Studio and members of the Willowbrook community to celebrate the opening of the new library.

The new 8,000-square-foot new Willowbrook Library, which replaces an outdated 30-year old 2,200-square-foot library, includes, reading areas for adults, teens, and children; early childhood and family areas, a shared community room, programming space, group study rooms, a workforce center, public restrooms, support areas, staff areas, express-service checkout machines at the lobby, laptop kiosk machines, information pod, public access computers, Wi-Fi, and parking. It features the county’s first collection of modern art with five original art installations, commissioned especially for the Library by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Civic Art. 

Willowbrook Library, the first in Los Angeles County to be in a mixed-use building, optimizes the use of County property to provide housing for over 100 seniors, library learning and community spaces under one roof. In a letter thanking the development and design team, Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas praised the effort and the outcome saying: 

“I write to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to partner with you and your team on this catalytic development for the Willowbrook community. The Willowbrook Library is absolutely stunning and was delivered in a cost-effective manner. In addition, the housing development is equally as charming…I know it [will be] incredibly hospitable to the over 100 deserving seniors that now have the privilege of calling the Gateway at Willowbrook home.”