Van Nuys Branch Library

Van Nuys Branch Library

The Van Nuys Branch Library is a branch library of the Los Angeles Public Library system, located in Van Nuys neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, CA. The library service in Van Nuys dates back to the time when the town was founded in 1911. The original building of the Van Nuys Branch Library was designed by architects Allison and Allison and built in 1926-1927. Allison and Allison architects are known for designing many public buildings - including Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles. It is a one-story masonry building in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, with a gabled tile roof and stucco-clad walls. A central walkway leads up to the entrance with two recessed paneled doors. Flanking each side of the entry are three sets of paired casement windows. The west facade features a set of six casement windows surrounded by Spanish decoration which includes stylized columns and an arch with a rosette. The new building was funded by the 1925 bond issue; it was opened to the public in March 1927 and served the community until April 1964. In 37 years, the circulation grew from 27,000 to more than 350,000 volumes annually.

In 1957, a $6,400,000 Library Bond issue was approved by the voters, for the construction of a new library building in the Van Nuys Civic Center. After the new building of the Van Nuys Branch Library was opened on May 11, 1964, the original building at 14555 Sylvan Street served as offices for the city. In 1987, along with several other branch libraries in Los Angeles, it was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in a thematic group submission and designated a Historic-Cultural Monument (No.911) by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in 2008.

The Van Nuys City Fire Department used the historic building as an office until 2005. In 2007, the historic building was auctioned at the Van Nuys City Hall and sold to Tony Nasr with NTR Consultants.

Address: 14555 Sylvan Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411



Branch History:

Status: Relocated to 6250 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91401. The original site is now used by a law firm "Straussner • Sherman."

Additional Resources

Cavanaugh, K. (2007, October 1). Auction of Van Nuys Library is one for the books. Los Angeles Daily News.

City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning (2007, September 7). Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments.

Figenshow, S., Morris McNeill, Inc., & Los Angeles (Calif.). (1990). Historic cultural monuments: A review of historical monuments to identify potential cultural facilities. Los Angeles, CA.: City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Dept.

McGrew, P., & Julian, R. (1994). Landmarks of Los Angeles. New York, NY: H.N. Abrams.

Soter, B. D., Muench, J., & Library Foundation of Los Angeles. (1993). The light of learning: An illustrated history of the Los Angeles Public Library. Los Angeles, CA: Library Foundation of Los Angeles.