As part of a citywide plan to make library schedules more uniform, the Los Angeles Mesa, Baldwin Hills and Washington Irving branches of the Los Angeles Public Library will institute new hours beginning Oct. 7.
Under the new schedule, branches will be open Monday through Wednesday from 12:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Angeles Mesa Branch is located at 2700 W. 52nd St., the Baldwin Hills Branch is at 2906 S. La Brea Ave. and the Washington Irving Branch is at 1803 S. Arlington Ave.
On another matter, library officials said they will soon begin a major renovation of the Angeles Mesa Branch, a city cultural landmark that was built in 1928 with funds provided by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Under the project, the library's historic character will be preserved while the structure is reinforced for earthquake safety. Funds for the renovation were provided from a 1989 library bond measure. The project is expected to take about three years to complete, during which library services will be relocated to a nearby storefront.