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Lending Library


SBCCOG Chair & Gardena Mayor Pro Tem, Dan Medina (left) and Torrance Mayor, Frank Scotto (right) are pictured with a small sample from the lending library book collection. Photo Credit: Marilyn Lyon, 2013

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) announced the launch of a pilot Lending Library Program with the City of Torrance. The SBCCOG will lend a collection of reference books and resource materials on energy efficiency practices, water conservation, transportation options, climate action planning, and recycling measures, which have been housed at the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC). The one year pilot program allows the collection to be integrated into the current collection at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library in Torrance. 

“We want to share our books with a larger audience and that’s why this program makes sense. It offers the public access to books in a place they expect to find them – a library,” said Dan Medina, SBCCOG Chair, and Mayor Pro Tem, City of Gardena. The South Bay community benefits from having this resource more accessible. It’s a “lend – lend” scenario.  

SBCCOG started their collection when they acquired books on energy efficiency to support educational workshops and trainings as part of its contracts with Southern California Edison and The Gas Company. West Basin Municipal Water District, another partner of the SBCCOG, made a generous donation of $1,000 for the purchase of books on water topics. These books cover the history of water in California, current water issues in the state, gardening books with information on water conserving plants, practices, and designs, and California native plants. 

The SBCCOG continues to accept donations of both adult and children’s books from its other partners as well as the general public. 

The collection is available now and is searchable by entering "SBCCOG" or "SBESC" into the keyword database search, click here to go to the search catalog. A Torrance Library card is necessary for book checkout however any California resident may register for a Torrance Library card by filing out an application and presenting a photo identification and proof of current address. 

Click here to see our full book list.