California Mid-Century Modern Library Buildings

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Montana Avenue Branch Library
Santa Monica, CA
The Montana Avenue Branch Library was designed by Weldon J. Fulton and built in 1960. [map]

Van Nuys Library
Van Nuys, CA
The Van Nuys Library was designed by Glenn L. Arbogast. It opened in 1964. [map]

Fletcher Hills Branch Library
El Cajon, CA
2014: 2018:
The Fletcher Hills Branch Library was built in the 1960s. This photo is from 2014. In 2015, the building was repainted red and yellow. [map]

Covina Public Library
Covina, CA
The Covina Public Library was built in 1963. [map]

Pico Rivera Library [gone]
Pico Rivera, CA
The Pico Rivera Library was built in 1961. The City's website claimed that this was the only round library in the country. These photos are from 2008. The building was demolished in 2012. A new library will be built on the site.

Norwalk Public Library
Norwalk, CA
The Norwalk Public Library was built in 1969. The mosaic panels were created by Ben Mayer. [map]

Riverside Public Library
Riverside, CA


The Main Library was designed by Moise, Harbach & Hewlett and built in 1965. The building features concrete screens. From 2021-2022, the building was adapted for the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture. [map]

Crenshaw-Imperial Library
Inglewood, CA
The Crenshaw-Imperial Library was probably built in the 1960s. [map]

Main Library
Inglewood, CA
The Main Library was designed by Charles Luckman & Associates. It was built in 1972. [map]

Hunt Branch of the Fullerton Public Library
Fullerton, CA
The Hunt Branch of the Fullerton Public Library was designed by William Pereira & Associates and built in 1962. The construction was funded by the Norton Simon Foundation and Hunt Foods. It closed in 2013 and was later used by a church. In 2018, the building was designated a landmark. In 2021, it was announced that the building would be renovated. It's not yet known if it will be used as a library again or used for something else. [map]