City College Celebrates Ground Breaking for its New $22 Million Library -
Resource Center with Ceremony
The Martin Luther King Jr. Library -
Resource Center Received Partial Funding from the Los Angeles Community
College District's Proposition A/AA Bond Construction Program
Dec. 21, 2006
(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -
Equipped with golden shovels,
Community College District (LACCD)
Los Angeles City College
officials dug into the dirt of the future site of the Martin Luther King
Jr. Library - Resource Center to cap a ground breaking ceremony for the
campus's new facility. The new three-story, $22 million structure
will be located on the north end of the East Hollywood campus and will
replace the existing library built in the mid 1930's.
Luther King Jr. Library - Resource Center will be the one of the
centerpiece buildings on campus," said Sylvia Scott-Hayes, vice president
of the LACCD Board of Trustees. "The library will become an oasis of
learning, a resource of information and knowledge for our students, and a
place where they can congregate, study and learn."
stories of space, our new library will provide many amenities for college
library patrons," said Dr. Steve Maradian, president of LACC.
"In addition to housing the library’s collection of 150,000 books,
it will have more than 150 computer stations for internet and database
research, as well as many individualized carrels and group study
The new 64,000 sq. ft. building will include electronic
classrooms to create new opportunities in teaching and learning by
integrating computer, multimedia, audio-visual, and network technologies.
The building will also house computer and general study areas in addition
to administrative offices. It will also have design elements and
sustainable design components to increase energy efficiency and decrease
waste. The new library received $18 million in State funds and was
partially funded with Proposition A/AA bond. It is estimated to be
completed in early 2008.
"This library was named after Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. who had an amazing dream,” noted Barbara Vasquez, library
chair for LACC. “Our college also has a dream: to transform this
campus and help our students achieve their own dreams for success.
Our new library will help those dreams come true. "
than 12,000 people visiting our current library, the idea of having a new
library on campus with state-of-the-art technologies, amenities and
resources is extremely exciting,” said Ryan Hall-Allen, LACC's Associated
Student Organization (ASO) president, “The benefits to students and
the surrounding community are tremendous."
The Los Angeles
Community College District’s construction and modernization projects
receive funding from Propositions A/AA, two bond measures overwhelmingly
approved by Los Angeles voters in 2001 and 2003. Propositions A /AA
are providing more than $2.2 billion for new construction and renovations
at each of the nine community colleges. For more information, click
photo available upon request.
for the new MLK Library at Los Angeles City College on December 13 are
(l-r) LACCD Chancellor
Darroch F. Young, LACCD Board members Sylvia Scott-Hayes, Georgia Mercer,
Kelly G. Candaele, Nancy Pearlman, and Mona Field, LA City College
President Dr. Steve Maradian, LACCD Student Trustee Luis Gomez, Associated
Student Organization President Ryan Hall-Allen, LACC library chair Barbara
Vasquez and Project Architect Gilbert Rocca.