Oakland, California, United States
A new community hub
Located in the civic center of Long Beach, California, the Billie Jean King Main Library fosters community, learning, and collaboration. The welcoming and flexible building serves the city’s diverse population with a variety of spaces including group study rooms, independent work areas, and a technology-driven “makerspace” with a learning lab and 3D printers. An independently operated community center with meeting rooms and programs is available for public use. The library offers a rich program of activities, in which reading and browsing bookstacks are only a part of the experience.
With its name that pays homage to the famed athlete and Long Beach native, the Billie Jean King Main Library establishes a welcoming presence from the street. Once inside, visitors pass through a dramatic two-story light well that leads into a large central atrium. Clerestory windows fill the interiors with natural light, creating a space that feels like an expansive pavilion. The atrium can accommodate a range of activities throughout the course of the day, from workshops and social gatherings to exhibits and public events.