The smallest and newest of our libraries is the Costa Mesa Technology Library. It is tucked away in a small shopping center on Bristol Avenue, between Baker Street and Paularino Avenue. It was opened in 2001 to supply needed computer access to the city's residents, and has 23 terminals, eight of which are for children.
One computer, set aside for quick e-mail, has a 20-minute time limit. The branch houses a modest collection of technology-related books and magazines, paperbacks for children and young adults, a bestseller rental collection, and local and regional newspapers. This branch also has a dedicated workstation that can be used for learning about the Windows 7 Operation System, and burning CDs and DVDs. The computer has Microsoft Office 2010, a scanner and photo editing software.
The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries purchased the workstation because of numerous public requests for such services. The Friends also paid for the recently installed electric signage so that the facility can be seen after dark.
The Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, in Lions Park area next to the Neighborhood Community Center, was built in 1987. This round building also has new signage — also purchased by the Friends after many public complaints that it was hard to know which building in the complex was the library. The Dungan Library has very popular children's programs, including a fast-growing Bilingual Story Time.