Images of the Palos Verdes Library District


This collection includes photographs of the buildings and facilities of the Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD). Established in 1928, PVLD is an independent library district serving the four cities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. The district's facilities and locations generally follow the growth and the development on the Peninsula. The Malaga Cove Library, the district's first library, was completed in 1930 in the City of Palos Verdes Estates where much of the population was concentrated. This library served as the only library for the Peninsula until 1967 when the Peninsula Center Library was built in the City of Rolling Hills Estates. The Miraleste Library was completed in 1970 to serve the rapidly growing population on the eastern side of the Peninsula in what would become the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (1973). From the classical Mediterranean revival style of the Malaga Cove Library designed by Myron Hunt to A. Quincy Jones' Mid-Century modern design of the Peninsula Center Library, the photographs in this collection show different architectural styles and focuses of the Library throughout PVLD's history.

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Community Room Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Community Room Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows interior view of the community room, with floor to ceiling windows on one side, looking out on a courtyard. Three rows of chairs are visible in the foreground. Recessed lighting, white columns, and a bench are visible in the courtyard with landscaping in the background. The 125 seating capacity community room was located at the Peninsula Center Library front entrance on Deep Valley Drive and looked out on a landscaped courtyard on two sides. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967, with landscaping by Palos Verdes Begonia Farm. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68. Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-22”.
Community Room Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Community Room Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows interior view of the community room, with recessed lighting and floor to ceiling windows on one side. Rows of chairs are arranged in the middle of the room. A spiral staircase ascends from the community room floor to a balcony. The 125 seating capacity community room was located at the Peninsula Center Library front entrance on Deep Valley Drive and looked out on a landscaped courtyard on two sides. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967, with landscaping by Palos Verdes Begonia Farm. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68. Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-23”.
Courtyard Garden Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Courtyard Garden Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows interior view of the covered courtyard garden, with planters, a bench and table and chairs. Two people are standing with four people seated at the table. Floor to ceiling windows and wood panelling are visible to the left. A car parked along the street is visible in the background. The courtyard garden was located next to the community room off of the Peninsula Center Library front entrance on Deep Valley Drive. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68.” Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-20”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows Reference area of the library, with recessed lighting and white columns, with a high table and a woman standing in front of a card catalog visible in the foreground. A table with chairs and stools is visible to the right with library shelving and additional tables and chairs visible in the background. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Includes duplicate 8.5 x 11 in. print., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68.” Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-7”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows children’s area of the library with tables and chairs in the center and shelving units to the right and left. A woman wearing a skirt standing at a table with a child seated at the table is visible to the left. The shelving unit on the right is labeled “FICTION”. Recessed lighting, white columns, and windows are visible with an open dictionary and librarian’s desk visible in the foreground. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68.” Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-25”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows Periodical area of the library, with recessed lighting, white columns, and a table and six chairs in the foreground. Shelving with periodicals is visible to the right. Tables with wooden partitions and chairs and additional shelving units are visible in the background. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Includes duplicate 8.5 x 11 in. print., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68. Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-8”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows portion of the audio visual area of the library, with a table and chairs, and a record player visible in the foreground. Recessed lighting and rows of shelving are visible to the right with individual study tables visible to the left. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Includes duplicate 8.5 x 11 in. print., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68.” Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-9”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows interior view of the library with recessed lighting and white columns, with tables with wooden partitions and chairs visible in the background. Individual study tables are visible to the left with library shelving visible in the background. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Reverse of print affixed with label, “PENINSULA CENTER LIBRARY / PALOS VERDES LIBRARY DISTRICT / 27650 DEEP VALLEY DRIVE/ ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, CALIF.90274 / 1-68" with handwritten "BLDG FOTO D CL JY '68." Print stamped on reverse with “PUBLICATION PERMITTED IN RETURN FOR CREDIT TO ARCHITECTS / A. QUINCY JONES, F.A.I.A., AND FREDERICK E. EMMONS, A.I.A. / 12248 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90025”; and “PHOTOGRAPHY BY / JULIUS SHULMAN / P.O. BOX 46206 / LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046” / 4254-24”.
Library Interior, Peninsula  Center Library
Library Interior, Peninsula Center Library
Image shows Periodical area of the library, with recessed lighting, white columns, and a table and six chairs in the foreground and additional tables and chairs at center. The tri-level Peninsula Center Library, which was designed and furnished by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, opened on July 17, 1967. The building occupied 64,600 sq. ft of floor space with library services on the main floor and parking facilities both above and below the main library floor. The Peninsula Center Library was remodeled and expanded in 1995, almost doubling in size from the original structure., Includes duplicate 8.5 x 11 in. print., Written on back: "In the first eight months."
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Image shows view of the library, with a woman unpacking boxes and stacking books, in front of a three panel window. A book cart and boxes are visible in the foreground and at left. Visible in the distance is a concrete wall and a house. Located at 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East in Rancho Palos Verdes, the library was designed by architect Thomas J. Russell and opened on October 24, 1970. Plans for a library facility on the east side of the Peninsula started as early as 1964. At that time, the nearest library was a Los Angeles County Library facility located on Narbonne Avenue. Library services were provided to the community with a small collection at the Miraleste School. While the permanent facility was being built, the Library District had an interim branch from 1966 to 1970 at Miraleste Plaza., Date built: 1970
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Image shows view of the library, with a man assembling chairs. Structural beams and windows are visible at center and at right. Located at 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East in Rancho Palos Verdes, the library was designed by architect Thomas J. Russell and opened on October 24, 1970. Plans for a library facility on the east side of the Peninsula started as early as 1964. At that time, the nearest library was a Los Angeles County Library facility located on Narbonne Avenue. Library services were provided to the community with a small collection at the Miraleste School. While the permanent facility was being built, the Library District had an interim branch from 1966 to 1970 at Miraleste Plaza., Date built: 1970
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Library interior, Miraleste Library
Image shows view of the library interior, with two women unpacking boxes of children's books, in front of a three panel window. Partially filled shelving units are visible at left. Visible through the window is the roof of a home and mature landscaping. Located at 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East in Rancho Palos Verdes, the library was designed by architect Thomas J. Russell and opened on October 24, 1970. Plans for a library facility on the east side of the Peninsula started as early as 1964. At that time, the nearest library was a Los Angeles County Library facility located on Narbonne Avenue. Library services were provided to the community with a small collection at the Miraleste School. While the permanent facility was being built, the Library District had an interim branch from 1966 to 1970 at Miraleste Plaza., Date built: 1970

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