The Library as Place in California

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About the Book

From the educational space of UC Berkeley to a one-room library in Silverado Canyon, this tour of thirty-two California libraries explores the sense of space and unique atmosphere a structure can provide. Dividing California into eight distinct regions including the northern California coast, the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County, the work looks at a sampling of libraries from each area, discussing the surroundings, facilities and physical presentation of each building. Chosen libraries reflect the communities they serve as well as their particular missions. Entries include contact information for the selected library, a website address, and information regarding its size, circulation and the extent of its collection. Photographs of the libraries are also included.

About the Author(s)

Stacy Shotsberger Russo is currently Instruction Librarian and Head of Reference and Instruction at Chapman University. She is a book reviewer for Library Journal and lives in Santa Ana, California.

Bibliographic Details

Stacy Shotsberger Russo
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, references, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3194-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1065-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      5

A Note on the Libraries Included      13

Part I. San Diego and the Inland Empire

1. A.K. Smiley Public Library      17

2. Del Mar Public Library      25

3. Cardiff-by-the-Sea Public Library      31

4. Julian Public Library      36

5. Helen Hawkins Memorial Library and Research Archive,

Women’s History Museum and Educational Center      42

Part II. Orange County

6. Sherman Library & Gardens      49

7. Leatherby Libraries, Chapman University      57

8. Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library, Soka University      66

9. Silverado Library      72

10. Paulina June and George Pollak Library, California State University, Fullerton      78

Part III. Los Angeles County

11. Brand Library & Art Center      91

12. Cerritos Library      97

13. Central Library of the Pasadena Public Library      106

14. The Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library      113

15. Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library      119

16. Philosophical Research Society Library      129

17. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Research Library      134

Part IV. Santa Barbara County

18. Joseph Campbell & Marija Gimbutas Library, Pacifica Graduate Institute      143

19. Central Library of the Santa Barbara Public Library      150

Part V. Central Valley and Mariposa County

20. Beale Memorial Library      157

21. Visalia City Library      164

22. Mariposa County Library      168

23. Bassett Memorial Library      174

24. UC Merced Library      180

Part VI. Monterey County

25. Henry Miller Memorial Library      191

26. Harrison Memorial Library and Park Branch Library      199

27. Pacific Grove Public Library      207

Part VII. San Francisco Bay Area

28. Charles Franklin Doe Memorial Library and Gardner Stacks,

University of California, Berkeley      215

29. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union      223

30. Main Library of the San Francisco Public Library      230

Part VIII. Northern California Coast

31. Mendocino Community Library      241

32. Coast Community Library      247



Index      253

Book Reviews & Awards

“recommended”—Feliciter; “can’t afford a trip to the Golden State? Consider taking this armchair tour!”—Serials Review.