LA City College Martin Luther King Jr Library - Los Angeles, CA

LA City College Martin Luther King Jr Library

Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles Community College District


Steinberg Architects


855 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Completion Date:

Wed, May 28th, 2008

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The MLK Library is located at the northeast end of Los Angeles City College. The 63,315-SF building has three floors with ample lighting and windows, 17 group study rooms, two computer areas, wireless access, study carrel, table, counter and lounge chair seating areas, two library computer classrooms, and two conference rooms. Each floor maintains maximum flexibility because the structural design removed all interior shear walls. Additionally, the facility incorporates a variety of sustainable strategies such as large windows on the north and south elevations for maximum day lighting. This DSA project achieved the LEED Certified rating.

The MLK Library offers campus users access to a collection of 150,000 books, 130 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, online databases, and microforms. The exterior of the building is a faux-brick facade comprised of painted concrete and a cement plaster system over metal framing. The exterior of the structure also includes aluminum storefront and curtain-wall systems along with aluminum windows. Utilizing a built-up roofing system, construction of this project involved demolition and hazardous material abatement of the existing one-story (with partial basement) men’s gym.