Collections
Adult Library

The Adult Collection includes books, magazines, telephone directories, test preparation books, e-books and DVDs, Blu-Rays and CDs. Also available are audiobooks, large print books, and international language books. The Library has a complete Reference Collection including full-text Electronic Databases such as: Magazines, Newspapers, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Career Transitions, History, Science, and many more.

Carpenters Collection

The Carpenters Collection comprises numerous CDs, books, songbooks, albums, videocassettes, a fan club newsletter series, and publicity materials. Many of the books, CDs and videos may be checked out. A permanent collection  near the checkout desk features a rotation of displays including the Library's permanent collection of Carpenters memorabilia.

Government Publications

The Downey City Library is a selective Federal Depository Library.


Korean & Spanish Collections

The International and Spanish Collections consist of fiction, nonfiction, and reference items. The International Collection is made up solely of Korean language books. The Spanish collection consists of items such as books, videos and audio books, totaling more than 3,000 items in the adult area alone.

Young Adult Area

A section of the Main Reading Room has been set aside for teenagers. Here you will find young adult fiction, graphic novels, paperback classics, Cliff's notes, and teen magazines, as well as CDs and study tables. Young Adult e-books are also available online. Electronic reference resources are available by clicking here.

Children's Room

The children's room includes primary reading books, beginning reading books, nonfiction, fiction, Spanish language books, DVDs, audiobooks, paperbacks, magazines and reference materials along with two early learning computers with age-appropriate software programs for children.  

Magazines & Newspapers

The magazine and newspaper collections are located in the Main Reading Room. Recent issues and back issues are shelved together; most subscriptions are kept for six months.