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525 Main Street,
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 375-5071 hbpl.org
HUNTINGTON BEACH MAIN STREET LIBRARY,
part of the Huntington Beach Public Library System
Huntington Beach Main Street Library, located in the
downtown Huntington Beach district, is one of four branches of the
Huntington Beach Public Library system that operates separately from and
is not affiliated with the County of Orange Libraries. Huntington Beach
Public Library system does, however, have reciprocal agreements with
other libraries for loan of books for residents of Huntington Beach.
The Main Street Library sits along
palm-lined Main Street across from the Huntington Beach Art Center, several restaurants and beautiful
houses. It provides a place tourists can go to check their email with 4
computers for public use. One is free to Huntington Beach residents who
have a current Library Card and the others cost $3 per hour. The
library system does not allow use of cell phones
inside the library buildings.
It also offers story times for children, annual book sales and a variety
of books and magazines to sit and read amongst the bustle of beach
traffic along Main Street.
Huntington Beach Main Street Library represents the City of Huntington
Beach's passion for literacy. For over 20 years, this beautiful building
with black marble treatments designed by the architectural firm of
McLellan, MacDonald and Marc served as the hub of information for
citizens and travelers. Replacing the Carnegie Library in 1951, it served as the center stone until
Central Library and Cultural Center was
dedicated in 1975 as the newest, biggest library in the region. It was
once part of the Civic Center that was relocated to a newer, larger
5-story tower on the 2000 block of Main Street.
The library itself is a walk back in time. The smell of books and
periodicals offers the scent of history. A feeling of friendly warmth
exudes its spaces and allows guests to absorb a simpler past where
things moved a bit slower and were more relaxed. Today the library has
over 31,000 volumes of books, periodicals and paper collections.
Closed Sunday & Monday
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Storytimes are usually held on Wednesdays and crafts on Fridays. There
is also homework assistance available and telecourses through an
arrangement with Coastline Community College.
An Annual Book Sale is held the first two weeks in December in the Main