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The Library's Future

night shot of new library building

With panoramic views spanning Catalina to downtown Los Angeles, as well as expansive views of the CSU Dominguez Hills campus, the new south wing library addition is a stunning state-of-the-art facility posed to serve the educational and cultural needs of a growing university and the surrounding community. Doubling the university’s existing library space, the 140,000-square-foot, five-story, energy-efficient extension provides ample space to access the university’s entire collection of books and research materials, more places to study, as well as a technologically advanced archival storage and research area, an events center, and an art gallery that will accent the multi-cultural population of the South Bay.

the library's new courtyard area

ADesigned to bring the outdoors in, the new structure is dominated on its north side by windows providing indirect lighting for reader stations. The feeling of openness begins at the glass bridge that connects to the existing library to the new south wing. The open-air top of the bridge supplies students with an expanded balcony lounge with outdoor seating. Additionally, a large courtyard between the new and the old buildings provides a relaxed outdoor learning environment.

A view of the new library's open deck

The library addition creates an optimal environment in which to study, perform library research, and assimilate the knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s job marketplace Study areas consist of several carrels, lounge seating and study booths, and tables inlaid with art. There are also eight group study rooms and a multicultural reading room. Two additional computer learning labs and a less formal computer lounge, as well as about 250 computer workstations in a variety of settings throughout the building increase the library’s electronic offerings.

Combining both electronic resources with traditional library materials in a space that is both beautiful and functional, the new library addition greatly enhances the library staff’s ability to improve the learning and research capabilities of CSU Dominguez Hills students and faculty, as well as those of the community.