Palisades Library Update and How to Order a Book

Firefighters from Station 19, 23, 63 and 69 responded to an October fire at the Palisades Library.


Gail Kim, the Pacific Palisades Children’s Librarian, notified Circling the News that he Palisades Library’s book drop is open once again for library material returns. It will be closed on holidays.

She was asked if there was any plan to make this library a pickup hub and she responded in a December 2 email. “Yes, Palisades was a planned hub (pick-up) branch. Unfortunately, the fire scuttled that plan.”

(Editor’s note: an electrical light that was arcing caused a fire on October 8 in the roof of the library. It took the 30 firefighters about 50 minutes to knock down the fire. Some of the books in the children’s section did receive water from the sprinklers, and the carpet was soaked. But it appeared that the plastic placed by firefighters minimized the damage. The rest of the library had water on the floor, but the computers, the front desk section and the adult section were unharmed, as was the front of the library where the DVD section is located, as well as staff offices and a storage room.)

To order a book from the library visit: reserve a book. The branches with pickup in this area include Westwood, Palms-Rancho Park, Mar Vista and Westchester. “Be sure to select your preferred pick up location when placing your hold rather than your default branch if your computer recognizes that,” Kim said noting that to scheduling a pickup time: online form (preferred) or by phone to the site. “You are given a half-hour window and your materials are bagged and clearly identified.”

The CTN editor has used the Mar Vista site and it was easy to pick up. Kim said that Westwood uses their parking garage, so they are prepared for inclement weather, and that she has also used Mar Vista and Westchester.

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