Los Angeles Public Library - Central

Row 1

630 W 5th St (btwn Flower & Grand Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000
Library, Historic Site, Art Gallery
Mon–Thu: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM Fri–Sat: 10:00 AM–5:30 PM Sun: 1:00 PM–5:00 PM

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  • This is the third largest public library in the country
  • Beautiful fountains and art in the gardens
  • Join the late-night talk-show atmosphere that is "This Is Your Library" featuring known and not so well-known Angelenos talking about what they do and how it's done in Los Angeles.
  • With its dramatic glass atrium and serene reading rooms, its an atmospheric spot for doing some work or curling up with a novel. Dont miss the gift shop, which stocks book-centric cards and gifts.
  • $1 parking after 3pm with validation, bring that Library Card.
  • Don't wait in line! Check your books out faster with the machines. And, as others have mentioned, you really can't miss the gorgeous wrap-around mural in the rotunda upstairs.
  • The Los Angeles Central Public Library reflects the Egyptian-style architecture mania that swept the country in the 1920s, after the King Tut discovery.
  • Don't fuck people who don't read.
  • Park after 3pm weekdays for $1 parking with your library card validation
  • Coolest library in Los Angeles, huge selection on books, movies, documentaries, tv series, music, etc. There's also a Panda Express in here!
  • Membership is free! Lots of book collections, and it is a great place to study or go to if you are looking for a quiet space to work. There are also cool art pieces inside and outside.
  • Check out the architecture here
  • Bathrooms can be a bit run down and dirty.
  • Beauty inside and outside, check out flower street.
  • Don't use the bathroom unless you absolutely have to.
  • The internet isn't the fastest, but there are so many outlets and chairs that you won't even mind.
  • Bathrooms are terrible and it smells something awful. But it has every book ever written. Small sacrifices and all that rot.
  • Interesting architecture, beautiful dome and a large set of books. Take a tour at the Central Library to appreciate its wonderful ancient Egyptian-like architecture.
  • Spend some time here. Volunteer at the Adult Literacy Center. Enjoy the green space .
  • Oh how I miss this place. The very bottom floor has an awesome genealogical section , and unlike Ancestry.com, it's free.