Los Angeles Public Library - Central

Library, Art Gallery, Historic Site
630 W 5th St (btwn Flower & Grand Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm


  • 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.
  • $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.
  • Free Internet... best spot is the 3rd Floor the service is better.

Nearby places

317 S Broadway (btwn 3rd & 4th St)
532 S Olive St (btwn 5th & 6th St)
453 S Spring St (at 5th St)