LGBTQ Library

LIbrary

As a result of the generous donations of thousands of books by our community, The Center holds a diverse collection of LGBTQ literature available for check out by community members free of charge. The Center’s LGBTQ lending library contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature spanning decades. For more information on checking out books, please call or visit The Center’s front desk.

New Online Check-out & Curbside Pick-Up

The Center is now offering online check-out and curbside pick-up for all of our library books. Pick-up is available Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm for titles which have been checked out online.

Click here for instructions on setting up your library account and checking out books.

Have an account? Click here to search for titles and check-out online.

Please note that existing library patrons will need to create a new online account to use online check-out. For questions or support, email library@centerlb.org.

Click Here to Access The Center’s Library Catalog

LGBTQ+ Book Club

The Center has partnered with Long Beach Public Library to kick off a brand new LGBTQ+ book club. For our first book we will be reading Floodlight  by Reba Birmingham.

Our first meeting will be online in March and will include a Q&A with the author. Sign-up now to reserve your spot and be notified as soon as the date is set: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/floodlight For this first book club we will also have a limited number of free copies of the book available for participants!

Description of Floodlight:

“Panda Fowler is a good-natured tax preparer who loves her wife Mitzi, their cat Brutus, their friends, and her routine. She’s a born skeptic who’s practical and down to earth. Mitzi Fowler is a free-spirited travel agent who keeps Panda from being a total stick in the mud. She believes in fun and fantasy and isn’t shy about her love of adventure or her belief in the possibility of magic and supernatural beings.

One of their best friends, curator of the Merryville Museum, brings internationally-acclaimed Fiona Castlebaum to unleash a performance piece called Floodlight. But when Fiona goes off script, Mitzi and Panda have their lives turned upside down. And then a creature from the Hercynian Forest arrives with a cryptic message for Panda. Worst of all, Mitzi goes missing.

Will Panda have the courage to face a frightening world that she never believed in so she can find and retrieve her mate? Will Mitzi survive the ordeals she encounters? The suspense gradually increases, but so does the humor as Panda and friends challenge the magical world, battle powerful villains, and struggle to get Mitzi back.”

“I love me some wacky plots and characters, and between the thrills and chills in Floodlight, this book has a lot of humorous stuff in it. Besides, there are elves and griffins and dwarves–oh, my!–who could ask for anything more? If you like the funny urban fantasies of Charlaine Harris or Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, you’ll likely enjoy Birmingham’s new series.”

Jessie Chandler, award-winning author of The Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series

Magazine Central

The Center is a distribution site for a number of free magazines and publications of relevance to the LGBTQ and Long Beach community. From LGBT staples like GED, Frontiers, and Rage to the Gay and Lesbian Yellow Pages and Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Directory,  to the Grunion Gazette, and Random Length News, The Center is your one stop shop for periodicals. The magazine rack is located in the rear of The Center on the first floor next to the community bulletin boards.

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