The Grandview Library is located in northwest Glendale, one block north of Glenoaks and approximately four blocks west of Grandview Ave. The closest landmark on Glenoaks is the California Department of Motor Vehicles building. The freeway exit near the branch is the Western Ave. exit from Route 5; going either north or south, take the Western exit east to Glenoaks. At Glenoaks and Sonora go north one block to Fifth Street and then go west one block to the corner of Ruberta. The parking lot west of the building is Library parking; there is usually ample street parking also.
MTA buses #92, #93 and #410 and Glendale Beeline #7 stop at the corner of Sonora and Glenoaks.
The Grandview Library is in a primarily residential area with churches and schools as its other neighbors. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is directly across the street. A few blocks east on Glenwood Road are three more public schools: Hoover High School, Toll Middle School, and Mark Keppel School. Further away, south of San Fernando Road, is the Rancho area of the city where horses are part of the family and live on site; this borders Griffith Park and the Los Angeles River. The branch itself is centered in a neighborhood of single-family homes and a growing number of multi-unit dwellings; the nearest commercial space is a cluster of small stores four blocks away on Glenoaks. The main shopping area is Kenneth Village, a different four blocks away and containing a small market and a couple dozen small shops. Notable points of interest in the area are the Brand Library and Art Center, a specialized research facility and gallery which is part of the Library, Arts & Culture Department system, and Grandview Memorial Park, a cemetery in a large, pleasant corner of the community. South of San Fernando Road lies a prosperous industrial section of the city which houses DreamWorks, Walt Disney Imagineering, and ABC-TV near the Los Angeles River.
The staff includes a Branch Librarian, a Children's Librarian, a Customer Service Representative, Library Pages and Volunteers. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact the Branch Librarian by calling (818) 548-2049.
Grandview's collection serves those interested in a variety of topics at a basic level; the primary users are students and homeowners who need material on information and entertainment, assignments and recreation. Besides new and popular fiction and non-fiction the strengths of the collection include career information, English study, especially English as a second language, medical information at consumer level, cookbooks, and entertainment employment directories.
We provide books in languages other than English for students and readers in both the adult and children's sections. Our strongest non-English collection is in Korean, as a result of a grant from the California State Library. We also carry Armenian, Russian, Persian and Spanish, with a few books in French, German, and Vietnamese. Most of these collections are on loan from the Central library and like most other materials listed in our shared computer catalogue non-English books can be requested from Central or other sites. With some exceptions—primarily reference materials and Brand Library audio-visual items--most everything that is listed in the computer catalogue is available for pick-up at the branch by placing a hold. Staff will place holds for you at no charge, or you can do it yourself at home or from a library computer.
The children's room at the Grandview Library is strong in fiction and non-fiction materials for both school and recreation. The children's collection includes materials in many languages, such as Armenian, Korean and Spanish. The Friday morning Storytime is held from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3-5 and their parents. Grandview participates in the annual Summer Reading Program, the Bookmark Design Contest, and other Library programs.
A selection of popular periodicals is available, and unlike Central's vast periodical collection, branch magazines may be checked out. Computers, home decoration, teen interests, men's and women's fashion, and current events are all subjects covered by our magazines. There is a very good selection of children's magazines as well, and they are available for check out. Newspapers are not available for check-out.
Available to be borrowed only by adults with their own library card, most videos go out for one week at no charge; rental videos are one dollar per day and the proceeds go to Friends of the Library. Books on audiocassette, adult and juvenile, check out for 3 weeks at no charge.
COMPUTER CATALOG & GLENDALE LIBRARY ELECTRONIC NETWORK (G.L.E.N.)
Grandview is a branch of the Library, Arts & Culture Department system. Its Computer Catalog, which shows the collection of both the Glendale and the Pasadena libraries, is available on the Internet. You can access the catalog as well as G.L.E.N. which provides access to the Library, Arts & Culture Department online catalog, Internet, and a variety of online databases and CD-ROM products.
GLENDALE LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES
The Grandview Library has computers available for patrons to access the Library's online catalog and a variety of online databases.
PUBLIC WORKSTATIONS AND COPYING EQUIPMENT
Grandview Library has several Internet computers available for use by the public. These require in-person sign-up for each half-hour period. Those 9th grade and over may use the computers in the Adult Reading Room. Children aged 9 through 8th grade may use the workstations in the Children’s Room. Those under 9 are welcome when their parents bring them and sit with them while they use the computer. Printing is 10 cents for every page printed from a computer. Available programs include Word and Encarta, as well as math and geometry tutorials and some childrens’ learning games.
The Grandview Library does not have typewriters for public use.
Printing is 10 cents for every page printed from a printer or photocopy machine.
Grandview, or Northbranch as it was called, opened in 1923 temporarily in the Grandview School (now Jefferson). In 1926 a Carnegie Library was built at 1145 Ruberta with just under 2,000 feet on the main floor and a basement of approximately equal size which included a storyhour room. Cost of the building was $11,000. After 32 years of service the building became unsuitable for the needs of the community because of its small size and security problems. The present building, designed by Graham Latta, A.I.A. and built by Frank Reitinger Construction, was completed in October, 1963. After several frustrating delays the building opened to the public on January 13, 1964. It contains 5,267 square feet and, although designed to hold 20,000 books now squeezes in 41,000.
LIBRARY FINES AND FEES
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