This morning we opened the brand new Silver Lake Branch Library at the corner of Glendale and Silver Lake Boulevards! Fighting for a Silver Lake branch library was one of the commitments I made to the community when I was first elected to the City Council, and we set this project in motion within my first year in office. I'm really excited that it is now a reality.
The new library is 13,600 square-feet with thousands of volumes for readers of all ages and interests, a multipurpose meeting room, a storytelling area, and computer workstations with Internet access. It is also the first branch library in the L.A. Public Library system with an automated materials handling system that checks in and sorts materials that patrons return onto a conveyor belt.
Silver Lake's library is also an example of sustainable design. The facility will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. Among the many environmentally-sustainable features are low-flow plumbing and irrigation, double-glazed windows, and a new integrated photovoltaic skylight system. More than 40 percent of the cost of construction materials was spent on recycled materials and materials from sources within 500 miles of the library site.