Veterans Resource Centers
Giving Back to Veterans with Dedicated Collections and Pop-up Resources
We’re pleased to help veterans and their loved ones with our Veterans Resource Centers (VRCs) located at 4 of our libraries: Lancaster, La Puente, Norwalk, and Lawndale. The first Center opened at Lancaster Library in 2015, and sites have since expanded. All are made possible by grants from Veterans Connect @ the Library, a project funded by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and the California State Library.
Each Resource Center provides a one-stop shop to help veterans and their families find materials of interest and information about the myriad services and resources available to them. VRCs are equipped with a circulating collection of DVDs and books (including children’s), as well as information regarding on state and federal benefits, and local services and resources in key areas like housing, healthcare, finance, education, and employment. Information regarding local veterans’ events is always available, and each VRC offers a dedicated phone line, laptop, and wireless printing for veteran use.
Trained volunteers are available to answer any questions visitors may have. While each VRC is open during all library business hours, those interested in speaking with staff are encouraged to contact the library they wish to visit in advance.
LA County Library knows that navigating veteran resources can be daunting, but its VRCs aim to help veterans find what they need to succeed, with a special focus on providing information to reintegrate California veterans into the workforce and communities in order to provide the same quality of life as other Americans. “Our veterans served us, so we are here to serve them,” said Library Director, Skye Patrick.
Thanks to the success of its 4 Centers, a new pop-up VRC will start visiting sites throughout LA County in November 2018. Funded by the same Veterans Connect @ the Library grant, this mobile service will focus on visiting community gatherings geared toward veterans and LA County Library locations, and will provide many of the same resources including Library and benefits information, and details about local events. For more information, visit our Veterans Resource Center page.