IN PICTURES: You hate moving books? Try moving a whole library

More than 300,000 books, were on the move Wednesday as  Long Beach Public Library staff members moved the tomes to their new home at the corner of Broadway and Pacific Avenue in Downtown. The library is expected to open its doors on Sept. 21, a few months after City Hall moves to the new Civic Center on July 29.

The new 93,000-square-foot Douglas fir-paneled library building is part of the $520 million project that includes a new city hall and a refurbished Lincoln Park. It will include 86 computers, up from 60 at the old building. There will also be enhanced facilities for kids and teens, media production areas and a conveyor belt book drop.

Aaron Mercado takes books off the shelf as a crew of movers relocate thousands of books from the old Main Long Beach Public Library to the new location. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Daniel Cross hands Rudy Jimenez a stack of books as they move thousands of books from the old Main Long Beach Public Library to the new  location. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Rudy Jimenez places books on a cart as a crew moves thousands of books from the old Main Long Beach Public Library to the new location. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Christopher Venancio wraps the books in a cart before transporting them to the new Main Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Christopher Venancio, left, and Christian Mercado push a cart full of books into a freight elevator to be taken to the new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Books on a cart are forklifted from the loading dock of the old Long Beach Public Library and taken to the new loading dock at the new location. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Walls are protected as books are wheeled into the new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Steve Quintana, right, hands Aramis Acosta books to place on the shelf as part of the move to relocate thousands of books to the new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

Armado Hernandez place books on the shelf as part of the move to relocate thousands of books to the new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

A construction worker does touchups on the grand staircase at the new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

The new Long Beach Public Library. Photo by Thomas Cordova.

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