AKA: Los Angeles Public Library, Woods, Alma Reaves, Branch Library, Watts, Los Angeles, CA; Watts Civic Center, Woods, Alma Reaves, Branch Library, Watts, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Moore, James C. and Associates, Architects (firm); James C. Moore (architect)

Dates: constructed 1996

10205 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002-2804

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The Alma Reaves Woods Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library occupies a portion of the 1.3-acre Watts Civic Center complex. Partial funding--$1.3 million--for this third library to serve the Watts Neighborhood came from Proposition #1, the 1989 Branch Libraries Facilities Bond Issue and another $1.5 grants from the City of Los Angeles's Community Redevelopment Agency. The Woods Library is one element of the Civic Center which included originally branches of American Savings and Loan and the minority-owned Founders National Bank, Los Angeles City offices, a restaurant, a landscaped courtyard and parking lot for 49 vehicles. James C. Moore and Associates designed the Woods Branch which opened on 06/29/1996. Four days earlier, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to name the library for a long-time neighborhood literacy advocate and library booster, Ms. Alma Reaves Woods.

PCAD id: 2551