Library Closure: March 18, 2019

The Downey City Library will be closed to the public for renovation starting March 18, 2019. We will remain closed until we re-open June 2020. During this time, patrons will have access to our growing collection of electronic resources, however all physical materials - including books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, etc. - will be unavailable for checkout. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details on the closure and renovation.


Important Dates

  • February 22, 2019 - Last day to checkout books, CDs and educational videos (i.e., all items with a 1-week or 3-week loan period).

  • March 9, 2019 - Last day to checkout entertainment Blu-rays and DVDs (i.e., all items with a 3-day loan period).

  • March 16, 2019 - Last day open to the public.

  • March 18, 2019 - First official day of library closure

  • June 2020 - Library Reopening

Please Note: All library materials must be returned by 5:00 pm March 16th, 2019 or fines may be incurred.

Library Reopening: June 2020


After nearly 40 years since its last remodel, Downey City Library will undergo a complete renovation that will transform it into a true 21st century public learning environment, integrating needed features for current patrons and those in the future, including infusing technology through the building and opening access to information and experiences to everyone.

The project will unfold over a 14-month period and result in the complete shutdown of on-site operations during construction.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the library be closing?
The last day the library will be open is March 16, 2019.

When is the library going to re-open?
The library will re-open to the public June 2020.

Are you going to open a temporary library somewhere?

Will patrons have access to any part of the collection?
While patrons will not have access to any of the Library’s physical materials (books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc.), our extensive Digital Library will be available and includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and databases.

What if I can’t return borrowed materials before you close? Will I still be charged late fees?
You can still return materials using the outside book drops in March and April. Fines and fees may still apply.

Where are you going to keep all the books?
The Library’s collection of physical materials is being stored in cargo containers within a few miles from the library.

Where are you [the staff] going to be? What are you going to do during the closure?
Library staff will have office space in temporary trailers located just a few miles from the library. During the closure staff will undergo extensive training to prepare them to serve the public in the new library while also doing extensive outreach and programming in public spaces.

Where can tutors go?
Tutors will have to make their own arrangements on a case-by-case basis.

I need computer access, where can I go while you’re closed?
All of our neighboring libraries offer free computer access. For a comprehensive list of all libraries located within 6-miles of Downey City Library visit our Local Libraries page.

What if I need to check out a book?
eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are all available via the Library’s website and will continue to be accessible throughout the Library’s closure. However, we will not be lending out physical books from our collection during the renovation. Local libraries will gladly issue library cards to Downey residents free of charge.

Will there be a type of bookmobile?

Will there be an inside cafe when the library re-opens?
No, but the cafe located outside the north entrance will still be there.

Will there be more study rooms?
Yes! The new library will have four study rooms.

What services will be available while the library is closed?
Downey City Library will continue to provide both Adult and Children’s programs during our renovation. Look over our Calendar of Events or see a full list of Summer Programs to see our offerings.

Measure S

The current renovation of the Downey City Library is funded by Measure S. In November of 2016 Downey voters approved Measure S, which increased the transaction and use tax by 1/2 percent. This went into effect April 1, 2017, and is expected to generate approximately $9 million per year to protect and enhance the quality of services to the community. The Measure expires in 20 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.

For more information on Measure S click here.