Los Angeles library to offer high school diplomas to adults who dropped out of school

The Los Angeles Public Library is teaming up with a private online learning company to offer diplomas to high school dropouts.

Library director John Szabo says he believes the program announced Thursday is the first of its kind in the nation.

Szabo says it's the latest step in the transformation of public libraries in the digital age as they move to establish themselves beyond just being a repository of books to a full educational institution.

The library hopes to grant high school diplomas to 150 adults in the first year at a cost to the library of $150,000.