Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Public library in San Jose, California, USA

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Campus entrance to the Library
CountryUnited States
Location150 E. San Fernando Street
San Jose, California
Coordinates37°20′08″N 121°53′06″W / 37.33545°N 121.88496°W / 37.33545; -121.88496Coordinates: 37°20′08″N 121°53′06″W / 37.33545°N 121.88496°W / 37.33545; -121.88496
Size1.6 million volumes
Access and use
Population servedCity of San Jose
San Jose State University

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library (also known locally as the MLK Library or the King Library) is an 8-story[1] public library and university library, located in downtown San Jose, California, which had its grand opening on August 16, 2003.[2] As of 2018[update], it is the largest library building in the western United States built in a single construction project, with over 475,000 square feet (44,000 m²) of space on eight floors and approximately 1.6 million volumes. The King Library is a collaboration between the City of San José and San José State University: it is the main library for both San José State University and the San José Public Library system. In 2004 it was honored as Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale, for its collaborative combination of the two functions as well as for the building.[3] On its tenth anniversary in 2013 it was still the largest joint university-municipal library in the United States.[2]

The Library building can accommodate over 2000 visitors.

  1. ^ "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  2. ^ a b Rosen, Carol (September 4, 2013). "San Jose's Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library celebrates its 10th anniversary". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Peterson, Christina A. (2005). "Space Designed for Lifelong Learning: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Joint-Use Library". Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space. Reports. Council on Library and Information Resources. 129. ISBN 1-932326-13-8.

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