Redondo Beach will bid adieu to Library Director Jean Scully when she retires in June, City Manager Bill Workman announced at Tuesday's council meeting.
Scully had just finished a presentation on the state of the city's libraries when Workman made the announcement.
"It's been a remarkable tenure that you've had," said Mayor Mike Gin. "The library is so much more than just a place with books."
Workman called Scully a "centerpiece of our success as a community."
Scully, who was appointed to her position in 2000, was a driving force behind the construction of the new North Branch Library on Artesia Boulevard.
"You deserve a lot of the credit for creating a buzz (around the new library), for creating such a safe environment," Councilman Matt Kilroy, who represents District 5, told her.
Since receiving her degree in library science 25 years ago, Scully has seen libraries enter the digital age.
"Since I started, people have been ringing the death knell for libraries, and we're still here," Scully said, noting that there is still an appetite for hardcover and paperback books. "There are a lot of people who come to the library to be around other people, to use the resources."