In May of 1913, Burbank Public Library was started as a branch of the Los Angeles County Library, and the Ladies Auxiliary acted as custodians of the library, which was located in the same building as the Library of the "Brotherhood." As the BPL began to thrive and grow under local leadership, the library opened its own building with locally raised funds, and in 1938, the Burbank Public Library became an official city department.
As the library continued to grow, the Buena Vista Branch Library was established in 1943 in the valley section of Burbank. In 1954, the West Burbank Branch Library on Burbank Boulevard opened, and in 1956 the North Glenoaks Branch Library was opened. All of these locations housed thousands of literature and research books and continued to grow throughout the 1960s and 1970s. With the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, the smaller North Glenoaks Branch Library was closed.
The 1980s and 1990s saw continued growth that mirrored the growth of Burbank, California. The library began offering educational services for youths as well as adults, and they expanded their collection to offer modern research tools. In the past few years, BPL has integrated free Internet service for the public. In 2001, the Buena Vista Branch Library was opened, giving further library access to citizens of Burbank.
Today, in addition to books, videos, and other research materials, Burbank Public Library sponsors many public events for adults and children. BPL also has rotating and changing monthly exhibits in each of its library branches, almost always relating to Burbank's history.
Burbank Public Library Mission Statement
The mission of the Burbank Public Library is to provide access to information, recreation and education through a variety of media.
The Library fulfills its commitment to the future by providing stimulating materials and programs which encourage youth to become life-long learners.
To accomplish its mission, the Library operates two divisions: Technical Services and Public Services..
Burbank Public Library Locations:
Burbank Central Library
110 North Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Phone: (818) 238-5600
Reference: (818) 238-5580
Children's Library: (818) 238-5610
Monday-Thursday 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Children's Room is open the same hours as the Adult Library.)
Buena Vista Branch Library
300 North Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 238-5620
Reference: (818) 238-5625
Children's Library: (818) 238-5630
Monday - Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (No Phone Service)
(Children's Room is open the same hours as the Adult Library)
Northwest Branch Library
3323 West Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 238-5640
Monday-Friday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm