Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is a public library and university library, located in downtown San Jose. Open since 2003, it is the largest library building in the western United States. It was honored in 2014 as Library of the Year by Library Journal and Thompson Gale for the combination of the two functions as well as for the building. In 2013, it was still the largest joint university-municipal library in the United States.

With a capacity for 2000 visitors, the library has eight floors. The lower level, second and third floors are where the majority of the public computers are located. The fourth floor has tables for students to bring their own laptops. There are also individual rooms for students or members of the public that prefer a quiet space to work or study. The center of the building is known as the Koret Atrium. On floor 1, a large LED display shows in real-time the number of item loans (books and other media like CDs and DVDs) that the entire City Library System has made since 2000. As of May 2016, that display showed a figure of over 177 million.

It is open every day of the week, usually from 8 am to 9 pm, except on Sundays that goes from 1 pm to 7 pm. There are different for kids and adults such as storytime, homework club, language classes, art tours and much more. It is definitely a great place to explore and get to read thousands of books.

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