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A Message from the Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Inglewood Public Library (FOIPL) advocate for the Inglewood Public Library by bringing the services of the library to the attention of the public and by raising money to assist the library.  As a Friends group we believe that libraries are essential for a strong and vibrant community.  Join us in this effort by becoming a member. Complete the application form (o en español) and join today. Call 310-412-5397 for more information.  We look forward to you joining us in this mission.

News Image Passport Options and Fees
The Inglewood Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility which processes applications for U.S. passports (passport books and passport cards) Monday through Thursday.

The Inglewood Public Library processes passport applications by appointment only.
  Appointments will be taken for the current week and the following week only.  (For example, appointments for April 14 through April 17 will be taken beginning on April 7.)  Appointments may be made in person at the Library Administrative Office on the third floor or by calling 310-412-5304 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Passports are now required for entrance into the United States from all nations, by land, sea, or air.

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Register for free computer classes
Sign up now for free March introductory classes.  Register at the Main Library Information Desk or by phone at 310-412-5380.  Click here to view the March schedule.

More Hours of Free Parking
Parking in the lots at the Main Library and Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library is now free after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Library Continues Expanded Hours of Operation in 2015
The Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and every other Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  The Friday schedule coincides with days that City Hall offices are open or closed.  Click here for a printable schedule which includes a list of the open Fridays.

The Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library, 11141 S. Crenshaw Blvd., is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

The Morningside Park Branch Library is open only for special events.

Friends Book Sale
The Friends of Inglewood Public Library is conducting a Spring Book Sale on upcoming Fridays and Saturdays.  Friday hours on April 18 and May 2 are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Saturday hours on April 19 (the day of Inglewood's Earth Day Festival), April 26, and May 3 are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Books are also available for sale in the Library lobby during all hours of operation.

Join the Friends of Inglewood Public Library and receive a new membership benefit, one of 50 limited edition Earth Day Festival Book Bags.  A membership booth will be open on the listed Fridays and Saturdays at the Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301.

News Image State and Federal Depository
For over fifty years, this library has been a congressionally-designated depository for United States government documents, and a depository for California government documents as designated by the State Library.  Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (44 U.S.C. §1901-1916; Cal. Gov. Code §14900-14912)

Holiday Schedules Announced
The Main Library will be closed on Saturday, December 22, Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1.  The Library will be open regular hours from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 26 and January 2; from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays, December 27 and January 3; and from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays, December 29 and January 5.  (City Hall will be closed on these days, except for half days on Thursdays in the the City Clerk's office.)

The Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library will be closed from December 21 through January 6, resuming regular hours on Monday, January 7. 

Library Hires Collection Agency
The Inglewood Public Library has contracted with a collection agency, Unique Management Services, Inc., which specializes in the recovery of overdue library materials and outstanding fines and fees.  The Library will continue to notify patrons by telephone for several weeks when items are overdue, and to bill patrons for lost materials.  If these materials are still not returned, replaced or paid for, accounts will be referred to Unique in an attempt to recover the billed charges.
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Crenshaw-Imperial Library closed for day on November 27
The Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Library will be closed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 27.  The Main Library at 101 W. Manchester Blvd. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unpaid Fines = Loss of Privileges
Patrons owing more than $1.00 in fines or fees may not check out library materials, use the public computers, or use the study rooms.  Access to electronic services will also be curtailed.

Comment on Library Resources and Services
The Inglewood Public Library welcomes input from our patrons in the form of commendations, complaints, observations, and recommendations.  Click here to print a copy of the form (also available in the Library) in English or en español.  The completed form may be brought to the Library, faxed to 310-412-8848, or mailed to 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90301.

Library is on Social Networks
Connect with news and events of Inglewood Public Library through social media sites:  Twitter at; MySpace at; Facebook fan page (including links to databases, photos, etc.) at; and Facebook Group (for patron suggestions, discussions, etc.) at  

Inglewood Public Library Announces New Operating Hours for 2009-2010
Library Director Bruce Johnson has announced a new schedule of operating hours, effective Monday, October 5, 2009.  The schedule maximizes the hours at each location, within the budget constraints.  The Library set this schedule after a careful study of usage and circulation by hour and day at each of the city's three libraries, with the goal of minimizing the impact of reduced hours on Library patrons.  Service will be provided seven days a week, including four evenings.

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News Image Passport Option and Fee Updates
Passports are now required for land and sea crossings between the United States and Mexico or Canada.

The Inglewood Public Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility which processes applications for U.S. passports (passport books and passport cards) Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for normal processing and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for expedited processing. The U.S. Department of State requires that travelers entering the United States from any foreign location have valid passports. Passport fees last changed on February 1, 2008, but will rise on July 13, 2010.
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Hear About Life, Death, and the Holocaust
Eva Brown educator, author, speaker  to understand her message you must hear her story .

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Learn to pronounce English words correctly from the dictionary in 8 easy 2-hour lessons.  Richard Cavalier, author of Practical Word Power, will be your instructor.  In this quick and proven course you will develop your vocabulary and reduce any accent.  This life skill will aid you as students or jobseekers.

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Special Displays at the Library
The Main Library has a number of special displays at this time.  On the first floor:

Historical photographs are on loan from the Centinela Valley Historical Society.  See the faces behind the names of our local streets and schools.

New Book Drop, New Location
A new book drop has been installed at the Main Library.  Located by the parking lot entrance to the Library, this receptacle is the first to accommodate audio-visual materials as well as books.  The book drop on Manchester Boulevard remains available, for books only.

The Crenshaw-Imperial and Morningside Park Branch Libraries both have book drops, for books only.

The Main Library's existing book drop in the parking lot near the loading dock will be removed in the near future.  Until removal, it too is available, for books only.

News Image Homework Help / Ayuda con las Tareas
The Belles Service Organization of Loyola Marymount University will offer free homework help resuming January 20 for children in grades 2 and up from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (todos los martes) at the Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.  Be sure to bring your homework with you.

For more information, call 310-412-5645.

Librarians Wanted!

The Inglewood Public Library is recruiting for the positions of Associate Librarian and Librarian.  There are immediate and anticipated full time and part time openings.


Applicants must complete a city application and submit it to the Personnel Department.  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received.

Tax Forms and Tax Assistance Available
A selection of most-used federal and California income tax forms is available free in the lobby of the Inglewood Main Library.  Most of the forms are also available at the Morningside Park and Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Libraries.  Other forms are available in a reproducible format at the Main Library Reference Desk, second floor. 

Internet users may also access and print out forms on the web sites of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.

Free tax assistance is available at the Main Library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays until April 12.  Those wishing to use this service should come to the library.  Service is on a first-come, first-served basis, and we do not take reservations.

February 2008 Children's Events
The Children's and Youth Division has released its calendar of events for February 2008.  There are two special events for children aged five and up.  A Chinese New Year Party takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7.  A Valentine crafts session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. 

Free Homework Help
Bring your books and homework to the Main Library between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 15 (except March 4).  Tutoring by the Loyola Marymount University "Belles" is available on a first come, first served basis.

Artist Visit This Sunday
The Inglewood Main Library currently has on display the watercolor artwork of Leroy Carter.  Visit with Leroy Carter on Sunday, October 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. when he will be on-hand at the Library for an artist’s reception.  The watercolor exhibit will be on display throughout October. It is free and open to the public.
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Fines Free Week at the Inglewood Public Library
In celebration of our new integrated library system, Polaris, the Inglewood Public Library is offering a “Fines Free Week.”   Running through Friday, August 17th, all Inglewood Library books returned will have no fines assessed.  

During the transition to the new library system, all locations will be closed on Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19.  The libraries will reopen for normal operations on Monday, August 20, with the Polaris system in place.

For more information, please contact the Inglewood Public Library at (310) 412-5380.
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Financial Aid/Cal Grant “Fill Out the Application” Workshop
Students seeking scholarships, grants and loans will want to attend a free Financial Aid/Cal Grant “Fill Out the Application” Workshop this Saturday, February 17, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Inglewood Main Library Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA. One lucky attendee will win a $1000 scholarship!
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African American History Celebrations
The Inglewood Public Library had a full schedule of activities for African American History Month.
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Intersections of Art (Phase II)
     On view this month at the Inglewood Main Library are renderings from four talented Southern California artists, each displaying a singular vision and style. The Main Library’s art wall (1st public level) serves as an intersection, where the works can be viewed individually as well as grouped to discover their connectivity. Media include watercolor, photography, and giclée (fine art digital prints).
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"Food for Thought"
The Inglewood Public Library, in cooperation with In-N-Out Burger, presents the "Food for Thought" Reading Challenge. Children 12 years old and under, who register for the challenge and check out 5 books from an Inglewood Public Library, will receive a Food for Thought Achievement Award with a gift certificate* good for a free hamburger or cheeseburger from In-N-Out. The program begins on October 14th and ends November 25th.

*While supplies last

Job Search Service
The Inglewood Public Library maintains a Career & Occupations Collection nearby the Reference Desk on the 2nd Public Level of the Main Library for those seeking employment and researching career choices. Included are over 100 titles of general and industry specific works.
( Click here for more information )
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"Dia de los Muertos"
Celebrate "Dia de los Muertos" at the Main Library on Wednesday, November 2nd at 4 p.m. Children ages 5-12 will get to experience how the Mexican culture creatively celebrates this special event that honors the beauty of life and pays tribute to our ancestors who have died. Children will see a Mexican altar complete with sugar skulls and flowers, hear a spooky folk tale and make their own skeleton craft to take home.

Did You Know?
Did you know that with your Inglewood Library Card you have free online access to Civil Service Exams, The New York Times, Famous Biographies, College Scholarships, Magazines and Book Reviews? This is just some of the information found in the Library's databases which are available from your home computer or from the Library's computers. There are also free classes available at the Main Library that will teach you how to use these databases. You can sign up for classes at the Information Desk by phone (310-412-5380) or in person. Additionally, you can contact the Adult Reference Desk for assistance (310-412-4280).

News Image Check out the 9/11 Commission Report
“September 11. 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States. The nation was unprepared. How did this happen, and how can we avoid this tragedy again?”
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Ask Librarians Questions Online
  AskNow or 24/7 Reference is a new service (Federally funded and administered by the California State Library) that lets you ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live reference staff from libraries here and across the country. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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News Image Inglewood Applies For California Public Library Construction and Renovation Funds
The Office of Library Construction (OLC) is a division of the California State Library. OLC was created to administer Proposition 14, the Library Bond Act. State grants are available on a 65% State to 35% local matching fund basis to cities, counties and library districts authorized to own and maintain a public library facility. The State funds are available for the construction and renovation of public library facilities in the State of California.

Funding Application

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Restored Pristine Panel from Depression-Era Mural Goes on Display
One of the 60 panels that comprise “The History of Transportation” mural is now on display in the Inglewood Public Library. While it is being displayed in its shipping crate for safety reasons, the panel’s surface is uncovered so people may touch the petrachrome mosaic pieces used to create the 240-ft. long mural. 
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