More than seven years after Atwater residents first began pressuring Los Angeles city officials to get their branch library a permanent home, construction of a new building finally began this week.
The Atwater branch, the smallest of 62 branches in the Los Angeles Public Library system, has been operating out of two cramped storefront rooms in a drab building at 3329 Glendale Blvd. since 1952.
In about a year, its 32,000-book collection will be moved into a $1.4-million building being built at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Revere Avenue. At 5,900 square feet, the building will be almost five times the size of the current facility.
"There's nothing a community needs more than a place to read," said Barbara Lass, an Atwater resident who founded Friends of the Atwater Library. "It was something that needed doing, it just had to be done."