Friday, September 18, 2015



The current library, opened on May 16, 2009, was designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects to be the striking showpiece of Old Town Monrovia. With its slim profile, it nestles between the old trees Library Park is famous for. Inside there is a spacious central atrium and clerestory to allow maximum natural light into the building. The building is 28,000 square feet and cost just under the 16 million dollars Monrovia residents voted on as a bond issue in March 2007.

Yamada furniture and shelving
Bernards was Construction Manager for the new LEED® Silver library. The Library and Library Park are Monrovia’s first U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certified facilities.
Sustainable cork flooring covers the main portion of the building, while carpets that contain up to 49% pre-consumer recycled content, cover the Youth areas and Community Room. Low or no-VOC paint and sealants were used, and energy efficient lighting is featured throughout. The steel used in construction contains at least 25% recycled materials, the HVAC system is high-efficiency and the building features a cool roof to reflect the sun’s energy away from the building.
Warren Hile furniture in the Large Print Collection alcove
Even the furniture uses recycled content. The furniture for the public is designed by Yamada Enterprises; for the staff workroom by Tangram Designs. Craftsman style Heritage Room cabinets, tables and chairs, and the furniture in the entrance tunnel were designed specifically for the Library by Warren Hile of Hile Studio.

Warren Hile furniture and cabinets in the Heritage Room

Lawrence R. Moss & Associates of Glendale designed landscaping to be drought tolerant and easily sustainable.

For more pictures of the Library and Library Park, visit our Flickr site.