November 16, 2022 — The new $42M Billie Jean King Main Library in downtown Long Beach, CA, is undeniably stunning. On the outside, at least.
To many residents it remains a mystery what the building looks like on the inside. The problem is the Library's hours: closed Sundays and Mondays, open just a few hours per day the rest of the week.
The library to this day remains an exclusive place, "providing free and equal access to information and resources" to the taxpayers of Long Beach for 38 hours per week.
Carnegie would be amazed by the audacity of the Library Director who is able to oversee this building and still have time to make $217,598 from the taxpayers of Long Beach.