Julian Dixon Library Friends Come Bearing Gifts

When it re-opens next year after a $2.5 million renovation, the Culver City Julian Dixon Library won’t be just a place to borrow books – it will be the embodiment of a community’s strong civic spirit.

In March, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally accepted $210,000 worth of furniture for the project, donated by the Culver City Julian Dixon Friends of the Library.

The volunteer-run nonprofit organization expressed enthusiasm over the library’s modernization, partly funded by a $400,000 grant from the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas stands next to a plaque honoring the late Rep. Julian Dixon at the Culver City library that bears the congressman’s name.

On its website, Friends said the grant would be used for a variety of energy efficient upgrades: interior and exterior lighting will be installed, the existing roof will be replaced and outfitted with solar panels, and the building’s heating and air conditioning systems will be replaced or retrofitted.

“A library can do so much to uplift a community,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “It fosters learning and imagination, and provides a gathering place for families. This is an honor in the memory of Congressman Dixon and a great asset for this community.”

County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd added, “Once it opens, the new Culver City Julian Dixon Library will symbolize Los Angeles County’s commitment to providing top-quality Public Library services to all – simultaneously helping to close the digital divide and to solidify Culver City’s burgeoning reputation as an attractive place to live, work, and play.”

The Culver City Library was established in 1915 at the Pacific Electric Railroad Depot. It relocated to its current location in 1970, and was renamed the Culver City Julian Dixon Library in 2001, after a distinguished congressman who helped secure $3.8 billion for the construction of Metro’s Red Line.

The late Rep. Dixon’s other contributions include: helping Culver City’s Clean Bus fleet became one of the greenest in the nation; providing emergency relief funds to affected businesses after civil unrest broke out in 1992; and repairing the Olympic-sized Culver City Plunge Pool after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.