Third floor main reading room


West Hollywood Library


West Hollywood, CA


City of West Hollywood

Size and Cost:

48,000 SF; $38 M





LEED Certified:




Steve Johnson, Jim Favaro


Jim Favaro

Project Architect:

Steve Johnson

Associate Principal:

Brian Davis

Senior Design Associate:

Gregory Stackel

The library was completed as part of the first phase of the West Hollywood Park master plan completed in 2004. The master plan creates a road map for the implementation of the library, park expansion, neighborhood parking as well as indoor and outdoor community recreation facilities. The three-level, 48,000 SF, facility includes reading lounges, integrated computer and technology areas, group study rooms, as well as a career development center, special collections, children's library and theater, teen center, community meeting room, multi-purpose sloped floor meeting room, sidewalk cafe, bookstore and TV station.

The library is situated to maximize its relationship to the park, its prominence as a key civic asset in the city and views from its upper floors of the city and Hollywood hills beyond. The architecture models the austerity of mid-century modernism of southern California in combination with the flamboyuancy of the Spanish baroque that characterizes some of the earliest buildings established in California. Its subdued palette is meant to contrast with the bright colors and lights of this area of town where are located design shops, restaurants and night clubs.


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