The Adult Collection includes books, magazines, telephone directories, test preparation books as well as audiovisual materials such as DVDs 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.
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. Other materials are housed in a display case located near the circulation desk.
The Downey City Library is a selective Federal Depository Library.
International & 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.
The children's room includes primary reading books, beginning reading books, nonfiction, fiction, Spanish language books, DVDs, audiobooks, paperbacks, magazines and reference materials.
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.