Since its opening two weeks ago, the revamped Yorba Linda Public Library has drawn thousands of residents interested in the city's "other library."
After a two-year renovation, the library at 18181 Imperial Highway--about a mile from the "other library," the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace--reopened as scheduled on June 1, attracting a crowd of 2,000 the first day. Employees reported no problems during the first couple of weeks, although they were kept busy answering questions about the new locations of books and materials.
The library redesign provides room for 130,000 books, a 200-capacity community meeting room and a used-book store run by the Friends of the Library, among other services.
Only 4,000 square feet was added to the original building, but the entire look and layout of the library have changed. Gone are the avocado green and gold interior colors, replaced with muted tones of peach, lavender and mint green, combined with multilevel ceilings, natural lighting from wide windows and Art Deco design touches. Even the exterior of the 29,000-square-foot building has been painted a shade of peach.