According to residents the old, yet very popular, one-story Manhattan Beach library was busting at the seams. Now, the 21,500 square foot building has almost doubled in size, yet takes up half of the area of the original building. Located in the bustling downtown, the $26.3 million dollar library reopened to the public in 2015 with great excitement and anticipation. The low-e insulated floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor boasts panoramic ocean views. It was designed to achieve LEED Gold level certification.