Architects Barry Milofsky & Thomas Michali acknowledge cheers from the Grand Opening Crowd at the Dedication of the new Silver Lake Library, November 16, 2009
The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating the new SILVER LAKE Library was a very special affair with not only a huge contingent of neighbors but a virtual "Who's Who" of public officials, including Mayor Antonio Villaragosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti, District 4 Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Dr. Tyree Wieder, President, Board of Library Commissioners; Cynthia Ruiz, President, L.A. Board of Public Works, City Librarian Martin Gomez; and Friends of Silver Lake LibraryPresident Michael Saint-Onge.
The new library is the city's 72nd branch and the first to have a state-of-the-art automated materials handling system, using an automated conveyor belt, the system automatically checks in and sorts materials. Self-checkout starions allow patrons to check out multiple items and pay fees by cash or credit card.
The building was designed by the architectural firm Milofsky, Michali & Cox (M2A Architects); the design pays tribute to Silver Lake's Modernist architectural heritage.