Claremont Helen Renwick Library
Pamela Helen Goodwin Renwick was a prominent philanthropist in Claremont from the 1890s until her death in 1930, and her donation of land resulted in the current location of Claremont’s public library on Harvard Avenue, in the Village.
In 1914, Claremont community leaders had applied for, and were granted, a county library under the County Free Library Act. The first LA County Claremont Library was located in rental storefront along Yale Ave, and within a few years, it became clear that the library had outgrown the small space and needed a permanent, dedicated home.
Helen Renwick came forward with the offer of six parcels of her property along the western half of Harvard Avenue, between Second Street and Bonita, contingent on the community's raising at least $25,000 for the construction of a public library on the site within ten years.
Renwick issued this challenge in 1919, and in 1928, Claremont Library opened in a Marsden and Marbury-designed building at 208 N Harvard Avenue, where it remains today.
While our name and original architecture has changed, the library is still the same friendly place, and we look forward to seeing you soon to check out books, come to a program, participate in storytime, use our computers, print for free, or just hang out at Claremont Helen Renwick Library!
The Library is Bigger Than A Building &
And the award goes to. . .
LA County Library has been named Library of the Year by Gale and the national magazine Library Journal. This prestigious award celebrates the library system that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing community-specific programs, and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries.
This is the third honor LA County Library has received in the past 12 months from Library Journal following our wins for 2019 Librarian of the Year and 2018 Marketer of the Year. LA County Library is the first organization ever to win both Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year in the same calendar year, and the first organization to win all 3 awards and be featured on the magazine’s cover 3 times in less than a year. These awards are in addition to other recent national recognitions, including being named a Finalist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2019 National Medal.
The New, Improved Library
The Claremont Library reopened in November, 2018, after a seven-month closure for renovations.
The results are stunning. Come by and take a look for yourself. See the updated, modern furnishings; the radical new floorplan that expands and maximizes the space; the banks of computers; the sparkling, newly tiled bathrooms (hooray!).
The Friends of the Claremont Library Bookstore has been given sleek burgundy bookcases that you will find in the east entry and in the lobby along the walls. Included are all the categories of books and audio/visual materials that you expect. And, if you have gently used books to donate to our bookstore, please bring them to the library any time the library is open.
The glass display case in the lobby is still there. You can find highly discounted books of great value for purchase: rare first editions; fine early and later classics in nearly all academic fields, especially history and literature; a large number of autographed works; books by specialty printers; and finely illustrated books. Just in time for spring and summer reading!
A hearty re-welcome to Claremont Library.
Who Are the Friends?
The Friends are people like you - community members who are active users and supporters of the public library. Through our book sales, fundraisers, and volunteer efforts, we provide programs, materials, and equipment for the library that are beyond the reach of limited tax dollars. Read more about us...