West Hollywood Library’s new edition: The $64-million complex, which also includes a coffee shop, bookstore and City Council chambers, is opening Saturday. Officials hail it as a sign that the city, founded in 1984, is growing up.
Photo: The new West Hollywood Library, designed by Steve Johnson and James Favaro, features floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Pacific Design Center. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

West Hollywood Library’s new edition: The $64-million complex, which also includes a coffee shop, bookstore and City Council chambers, is opening Saturday. Officials hail it as a sign that the city, founded in 1984, is growing up.

Photo: The new West Hollywood Library, designed by Steve Johnson and James Favaro, features floor-to-ceiling windows and a view of the Pacific Design Center. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Shhh. It’s National Library Week, Carolyn Kellogg reports. (And today is National Library Workers Day.)
Photo: Occidental College in Los Angeles, 1961. Slate has library photos from around the world at their gallery. Credit: Wayne Miller / Magnum Photos

Shhh. It’s National Library Week, Carolyn Kellogg reports. (And today is National Library Workers Day.)

Photo: Occidental College in Los Angeles, 1961. Slate has library photos from around the world at their gallery. Credit: Wayne Miller / Magnum Photos

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Tomes' time might be up at Newport Beach library

Newport Beach officials noted that patrons came to the city’s Balboa branch — there are four libraries total — to plug in their laptops or use the free Wi-Fi. Officials haven’t made a decision yet, but they’re considering replacing the library with a community center that would use a Netflix-like ordering system for physical books, as well as provide access to e-books and e-journals.

It’s a pretty controversial move, with supporters on both sides of the issue. What do you think?

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This is really awful. California library to stop carrying books.

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