The Malibu Library recently underwent a $6 million renovation. To celebrate they re-opened on Earth Day, a fitting date as the building is LEED-certified. The event had a terrific turn-out and was replete with music, food from Godmother’s and a welcome from Malibu residents Pierce Brosnan and Dick Van Dyke.

The renovated building is a warm, sleek example of modern-day libraries welcoming visitors into a brightly lit foyer where visitors are greeted with a photo montage on the wall of Malibu over the years, capturing the beauty and the history of the much-loved beach town. The foyer is home to a Friends of Malibu used bookstore, a customer service center, a copy center and a self-check center which allows library card holders the ability to scan their cards and books themselves. Departing visitors exit through a high-tech security scan, which will only sound if you didn’t check your books out correctly.

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Once inside the library itself, one is treated to a very clean and well-organized view of the low bookshelves in the center leading to a view out the far wall and taller, well-stocked shelf banks along the sides. The children’s area to the far right features four computers with a variety of learning games, multi-colored beach themed seating, and a comfy upholstered turtle and starfish floor seating area that is lots of fun for the little ones. In fact the entire library features beach themed art throughout. Not your typical cozy beach-shack environ the paintings and photography on the walls are very modern. The best feature is the base of a white, wooden lighthouse which houses the family bathroom. Its a nice way to soften-up the interior without getting too kitschy.

Surfboards dangle from the ceiling over the library’s teen area

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The library is open:
Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sundays 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pierce Brosnan with his license to read

Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for moms at Mom Angeles.

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Photos by Olivia Davamandi.