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Luxe Library

The new Lafayette Library and Learning Center opens with exciting and useful amenities and bonuses for the biblio-bound


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Hanging out at the library just became a bit of an adventure at the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

A high-end café. A solar fireplace that throws colorful beams of light. An elegant community hall with a Steinway grand. Partnerships that bring museums, zoos, and frontline lecturers for programs and classes. And, three times as many books as the library it replaced.

Twenty years of planning and fundraising to the tune of $46 million went into the library. Here are some of the bright ideas that make the library a hot spot.

Commonwealth Club

The prestigious San Francisco lecture series will offer programs in the library’s community hall. First up is a conversation with political humorist Will Durst on December 1.

Homework Center

On weekdays, students from nearby elementary and middle schools can get help with their homework from Acalanes High students, who will get class credit for their assistance.

Tribute to Glenn Seaborg

An art installation representing the elements of the periodic table memorializes Lafayette’s distinguished resident, who discovered 11 of the elements, including plutonium.

Drive-Thru Book Drop

Don’t worry about finding a parking spot when you return books and DVDs. Just drop them in the automated book deposit. From there, your item, encoded with a computer chip, will be rolled via conveyer belt into the right bin—and be back on the shelf in record time.

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