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Malibu library to close for $5.7-million 'green' makeover

March 16, 2010 |  6:06 pm

The Malibu Community Library will close June 1 for a $5.7-million "green" renovation intended to qualify for certification under the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, or LEED, rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the city said Tuesday in a statement.

The renovation, scheduled for completion in September 2011, will be the city's first project to meet the standards of sustainable design, construction and operation, the city said. During construction, library services will be available online and through a book mobile parked outside the existing library.

In partnership with Los Angeles County, the city will add an outdoor reading garden and patio connected by a walkway to Legacy Park, a city park and storm water treatment project slated to be completed later this year. Murals at the renovated library will recount Malibu's history, and the library will feature modern skylights and energy-efficient windows.

The county provided $5.2 million for the project from Malibu's library fees. The Malibu Library Task Force plans to raise the rest of the funds.

--Martha Groves