The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) celebrated the grand opening of its new library in East Las Vegas this week. The 41,051-square-foot facility, which is located at 2851 East Bonanza Road, includes innovative 21st century design elements, as well as free educational resources, materials, and programs, intended to facilitate limitless learning and personal achievement for library users of all ages.
“Libraries are hubs for economic activity, civic engagement, imagination, and learning, which is why this new library is an important milestone for East Las Vegas,” said Dr. Ronald Heezen, executive director of LVCCLD. “This long-anticipated, state-of-the-art building will bring cutting edge technology, career assistance, English language classes, after-school tutoring, and so much more to this vibrant community. East Las Vegas residents will soon discover what all of our customers know, that the word ‘library’ has been redefined.”
The East Las Vegas Library is surrounded by 14 elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools, and an estimated 71 percent of residents living in the area are young parents with children. With this in mind, the East Las Vegas Library was designed to offer a variety of critical resources for this diverse community.
To reflect the needs of the East Las Vegas community, the new library includes a bilingual staff who are fully fluent in Spanish and English. About ten percent of the East Las Vegas Library collection is Spanish-language; nearly one-third of magazines and newspapers are available in Spanish; and bilingual resources in Spanish and English are available for children.
- Date/Time of Opening Ceremony & Ribbon-Cutting: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
- Address: 2851 East Bonanza Road (at 28th Street), Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Library Branch Phone Number: 702.507.3500
- Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The old Las Vegas Library building: Located at 833 North Las Vegas Blvd., this building now belongs to the City of Las Vegas and will no longer be a library site. The old Las Vegas Library will cease operating as of Saturday, April 20, at 6:00 pm, as staff and operations from this location will have officially moved over the new East Las Vegas branch.
Building & Grounds
- 41,051 interior square feet, plus a 1,500-square-foot outdoor play area.
- Flexible outdoor plaza can be used for community fairs, farmers markets, car shows, movie nights, festivals, and more, and there will be 10 park benches dotting the landscape.
- The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation and East Las Vegas QALICB, Inc. facilitated a $4 million private capital investment in this construction project, as part of the federal New Markets Tax Credit program, which seeks to stimulate investment in low-income communities.
- Self-service kiosk at the entrance for wayfinding, building information, and event listings
- Multipurpose room, 3,461 square-foot, dividable (with demonstration kitchen), available for rent by the public
- “Café con Leche” snack bar complete with exterior walk-up window, operated by Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation
- “La Tiendita” used bookstore
- “Think Tank” study rooms (3)
- 10,775-square-foot library stack area
- Multigenerational living room, 1,947-square-feet of open space
- “Imaginarium” storyroom
- “EL28 Lab” family activity space
- “Teen Sphere” area for teens to enjoy their own dedicated space and programs
Programming & Resources
The East Las Vegas library will serve as a hub for learning, economic advancement, and civic engagement. All services are free to the public:
- Adult Learning Center / One-Stop Career Center:
- Community Adult Learning in Libraries (CALL) program, which offers Adult Basic Education (ABE); High School Equivalency; Career Online High School; and English-language classes for non-native English speakers.
- One-Stop Career Center, which offers employment search assistance, skills assessment, resume writing, job training, and education workshops.
- “Built from Scratch” Tech Lab, where customers can access computers with software for graphic design, audio and video editing, music production; a soundproof room for audio recording (such as podcasts) and digital video cameras; a green screen wall; and industry-standard DJ equipment.
- Toy Lending Library, which gives children access to toys that they might not have otherwise, such as the popular American Girl Doll Series.
- Robotics Workshops for Tweens & Teens featuring a robotics mentor from UNLV’s Drones & Autonomous Systems Lab; program kicks-off this summer through funding provided by the Library District Foundation.
- Art Gallery, which showcases work by locally and nationally renowned artists.
- 1,000+ Programs Per Year, on topics such as early childhood education, STEAM, culinary and nutrition workshops, storytimes, cultural performances, and makerspace labs.
- Free Computer Access for Adults:
- 32 computers for adults in the Computer Center;
- 48 computers in the Adult Learning Center;
- Homework Help Center, which offers 20 laptops for youth, equipped with homework help resources.
- Youth Services Department, 20 additional computers, specifically for youth, will be available in an open area at a bank of desks.
- Laptop Lending Program, 20 available laptops to check out and use within the library.
- iPad Lending Program, a new service with 10 iPads available to check out and take home.
East Las Vegas Library Service Facts
- There are 14 elementary schools, two middle schools and three high schools surrounding the library.
- An estimated 71 percent of residents living in the area are young parents with children.
- 93.7 percent of households are Latinx, with a mix of Pacific Islander, and Central and South American heritages.
- Approximately 45,000 items make up the library’s materials collection:
- Nearly 40 percent is dedicated to supporting youth, which includes a Toy Lending Library.
- About 10 percent of the branch’s collection is Spanish-language; nearly one-third of magazines and newspapers offered are in Spanish; and bilingual materials are available for children.
- In contrast to the library’s desert climate, a gathering of mature and verdant Aleppo pine trees surround the new East Las Vegas Library. The building design preserves and emphasizes this distinctive landscape by integrating it into the gathering spaces that are central to the library’s connection to the community.
- This group of pines classifies the area as an “urban forest.” This is defined as a collection of large trees within a city area, which helps to improve air quality by serving as a filter for urban pollutants and fine particulates, while also softening the landscape and reducing the stress for local residents. Select trees that had to be removed during construction were recycled into eight park benches, conveniently placed throughout the property.
- Colorful shade canopies highlight the main entry into the building, designed to complement the trees and provide additional outdoor spaces for gatherings and events.
- The new library will be submitted for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, which recognizes a building that has been constructed to reduce negative environmental impacts and improve occupant health and well-being. Facets of the East Las Vegas LEED construction and design include: energy-efficient glass walls, carpool and fuel-efficient vehicle priority parking, electric vehicle charging spaces, desert landscaping, energy efficient light fixtures (LED), and sustainable materials.
Library District Information
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is comprised of 25 individual branches that serve 1.5 million people across 8,000 square miles of Clark County, including the City of Las Vegas.
- There are 2.8 million items in the Library District’s collection, which is almost 20 times the total number of slot machines in Las Vegas.
- A 10-member Board of Trustees oversees operations.
- There are 675,000 library cardholders.
- Thanks to the Library District’s new website, customers are able to stream and download books, movies, music, and other materials from the comfort of their homes.
- The Library District recently introduced a collection of new library cards that were designed by members of the public, as well as the new Vegas Golden Knights library card, which was launched in February 2019.