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The Fairfax Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library opened this morning. Located at 161 S. Gardner Street, just north of 3rd, the new branch boasts lots of parking, beautiful dark wood furniture, a phalanx of computers and a very large floor plan. It has one of the biggest footprints of the regional branches, with a central section full of tables, chairs and room for study groups.

More space doesn't necessarily mean more books - the Fairfax branch looks to still be filling in many of its shelves. But what there is is clean, organized, and spacious. We were excited to walk through Young Adult Fiction (our favorite subsection) and see two or three brand-new copies of many of the most popular titles. Furthermore, the Info and Circ desks were fully staffed.

We admired the design of this new branch, and appreciated the side corners and nooks hiding the children's section, the magazine-reading section, and some more secluded tables. It's a library to get lost in. Tom LaBonge's office has delivered, and on schedule, with this project. The location fills a Mid-Wilshire void that was incompletely served by the John C. Fremont branch on Melrose at June, a smaller library with shorter hours. We love the Fremont branch as well, but Fairfax is going to stay open till 8 pm most weeknights.