Coronavirus Update

In its continued efforts to practice social distancing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), LA County Library will temporarily close its 86 library locations to the public as of 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Library programming and events have already been cancelled to limit large group gatherings. At this time, these measures will be in place through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Due dates for borrowed materials will automatically be extended, no late fines will be assessed, and customers can return materials when the Library reopens. Customers can continue to access LA County Library’s collection of digital resources, chat reference, and information about the coronavirus on the Library website at

About the Library

The Malibu Community Library, part of the Los Angeles County Public Library system, was designed in 1963, and opened its doors in 1970. Following a $6 million renovation in 2011-2012, the library reopened with a state-of-the-art design made to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications, in keeping with the City’s mission to preserve and protect the environment. The new library floor plan showcases local history and Malibu’s sand, sea, and sun culture, providing guests with comfortable, inspirational areas for reading and research, as well as community space for meetings, presentations, and special events.

In October 2013, the United States Green Building Council recognized the City of Malibu and County of Los Angeles with LEED Gold certification for the sustainable materials and processes used in the library renovation project.

2018 Malibu Library Needs Assessment

In 2005, the City of Malibu and Los Angeles County Library conducted a Malibu Library Needs Assessment to determine the library service goals and enable the County Library to provide service more closely tailored to the community’s needs. The result was the Library Renovation Project, which remodeled the Malibu Library in 2012.

In 2017, it was determined that it was necessary to update the needs and goals of the community for its library service to determine future enhancements that would meet those goals. A consultant was contracted by the City to coordinate the efforts, along with the assistance of a Library Working Group comprised of City and Library staff, Friends of the Library representatives, and local residents and business representatives. Public feedback was obtained through an online survey and a town hall meeting held on May 9, 2018. 

A Draft 2018 Malibu Library Needs Assessment was presented to the City Council Library Subcommittee at a Special meeting on August 27, 2018. The Subcommittee and members of the public provided comments and recommendations, and a revised draft report will be brought back to the Subcommittee for review and to provide a recommendation to the City Council.

Public comments on the Draft 2018 Library Needs Assessment may be submitted to Elizabeth Shavelson, Assistant to the City Manager, at