Materials and Services

Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Materials and Services

Crenshaw-Imperial Library’s circulation staff.
The Adult books section of the library.

The Crenshaw-Imperial Branch houses thousands of books, magazines, comics, DVDs, and other materials available for visitors to use and enjoy. You can browse or search our collection from anywhere using the ONLINE CATALOG, and library card holders can check out up to 25 items at a time*. To sign up for a library card, visit the library with valid identification and proof of California residency. You can also start the process online by visiting this page: 

In addition to this wide selection of materials, the library offers many useful resources and services to ensure that visitors have the most productive and enjoyable experience possible. Below you’ll find information about the library’s complementary offerings.

*Only 4 books on the same subject, by the same author, or in the same series can be checked out at a time, and only 2 DVDs can be checked out at a time. Books have a loan period of 3 weeks, and DVDs have a loan period of 1 week. Books (except for exam books) can be renewed up to 2 times if no one else has requested the item.


Reference Materials and Services

Crenshaw-Imperial Library’s reference staff

Our librarians are expert researchers who can help you find whatever information you need, whether you’re looking for that perfect novel, tracing your family history, or trying to understand your rental contract. Our reference collection includes a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, legal handbooks, exam practice workbooks, and much more. You can ask for help at the reference desk or call (310) 412-8794 to speak with a librarian.


Online Resources

Once you have registered for an Inglewood Library card, you are able to access many useful online resources such as audio books, ebooks (digital books), and research databases containing countless articles that cover almost any topic.  Access ELECTRONIC RESOURCES to learn more about what resources are available.

Fuera de las Sombras: Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Fuera de las Sombras banner for Gale’s Biography in Context DatabaseFuera de las Sombras banner for Gale’s U.S. History in Context Database

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, and was enacted in 1988 on the anniversary of the independence of several Latin American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. In appreciation of this annual observance, one of our research database providers, Gale, is highlighting the military contributions of Hispanic Americans with its Fuera de las Sombras (Out of the Shadows) program. Click here to view the program guide, designed to help you explore these contributions using two of the Gale databases: Biography in Context and U.S. History in Context. You can access both databases in the library or by using your Inglewood Library Card information.

Career Online High School Program

Career Online High School

The library is especially happy to offer the CAREER ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL program in collaboration with the California State Library and Gale, a Cengage Learning Company.  Adults who have registered for an INGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD can earn a GED online in 18 months or less. For information on enrolling, call 310-412-4280, or send an email to: [email protected]


Free Wireless Internet

The library also offers free wireless Internet for all visitors. To connect, select “Inglewood Library WiFi” in your device’s network settings and agree to the terms of use.

 

Public Computers

The library’s public access computers in use.

Any visitor who has registered for an INGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD can use one of the library’s public computer once a day. Computers are equipped with convenient applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, Microsoft Video Editor, and several Internet browsers.


Availability

There are 10 public computers available for visitors of all ages. If you are visiting from outside California and would like to use a computer, ask for assistance at the desk. You will need to provide valid identification.


Using the Computers

Available Computer 

If a computer’s screen is blue and says “Available,” you can use it by first clicking the mouse, then entering your library card number and last name into the designated boxes. You can then click “Log In” to begin your session.

You can also reserve a computer using one of the reservation stations. First choose whether you would like to use the next available computer or make a reservation for a future time. Then enter your library card number and last name.

Finally, a preview of your reservation will be displayed. If the information is correct, click “Accept Reservation” and a receipt will be printed.



Printing and Copying

The library’s 2nd floor printer.

Library visitors may print documents from the public computers using the library’s printer located next to the reference desk. When you select the print option for your document, you will be asked to enter your first and last name. Afterwards, you will be told the price of your print job (each black and white page is $0.15, while color is $0.50). Click “OK” to accept.

Once you’ve accepted, you can go to the print station computer (next to the printer). Click the “Click to Print” button and enter your name exactly as you did earlier. When the screen displays your document(s), highlight what you want and click the “Print” button in the top left corner. Follow the onscreen instructions and put the indicated amount of money into the vending machine to finish printing your document(s).

To make copies of a document, first insert money into the vending machine. The printer’s screen will then display the copying options.