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Los Angeles Public Library - Central

Library, Art Gallery, and Historic Site
Financial District, Los Angeles
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  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.March 19, 2016
    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.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2011
    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. Read more
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetMay 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're in the area and have time to explore, the second floor rotunda, which features a Lee Lawrie bronze Zodiac and large scale paintings by Julian Garnsey, is breathtaking.
  • Ahmed S.
    Ahmed SiouaniMarch 3, 2013
    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.
    DowntownLA.comApril 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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. Read more
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The murals here are stunning. Make sure to go to the children's section for more murals.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The Photo Collection is one of the best in the country, but you have to browse online or follow the department's (very nicely curated) Facebook page.
  • Mollie M.
    Mollie MFebruary 16
    Head straight upstairs to see the rotunda mural. Also check out the kid's reading room off of the rotunda.
  • Ken F.
    Ken FerrellSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the nicer libraries I've been to in LA. They also have a Panda Express in the lobby. Score!
  • Briana J.
    Briana JaNae'September 3, 2016
    My favorite library, they have a great selection of books and private study & reading areas
  • Isaac M.
    Isaac MurguiaFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Coolest library in Los Angeles, huge selection on books, movies, documentaries, tv series, music, etc. There's also a Panda Express in here!
  • José A.
    José AyalaAugust 10, 2016
    So many books! Beautiful to watch the stairs and roof decoration. Take one of the golden historic elevators.
  • Joy
    JoyFebruary 13, 2011
    Take a free guided tour and explore the beautiful arts, architecture, and history. Parking is only $1 validation w/ library card on Saturdays from 10am-6pm.
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 20, 2014
    The internet isn't the fastest, but there are so many outlets and chairs that you won't even mind. Read more
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    The Los Angeles Central Public Library reflects the Egyptian-style architecture mania that swept the country in the 1920s, after the King Tut discovery.
  • Justin F.
    Justin FrederickNovember 30, 2014
    Avoid the bathroom. Library is beautiful. Check out the main stairs upon entrance for language through time exploration.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HernandezJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can explore the library through a free augmented reality app called ARchive LAPL (iOS): archive
  • Caroline G.
    Caroline GMay 16, 2011
    This library is majestic and cavernous. Get your old school on and rediscover the art of cracking open a book. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NuckeltJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Discounted parking is available (during operating hours only) below ground off of Flower.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PatrickOctober 21, 2015
    The grandeur of the exterior doesn't match the sadness of the interior but a solid collection nonetheless.
  • Leon P.
    Leon PalafoxAugust 20, 2014
    Great library, nothing to ask from NY library, too bad for the homeless in the exit
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux
    Farrar, Straus & GirouxSeptember 9, 2014
    Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM as he reads from his new book Deep Down Dark. Also in conversation with Jesse Katz. Read more
  • Bradley B.
    Bradley BownsJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The gardens are beautiful...fancy eats in the restaurant by the fountain
  • John S.
    John SmartApril 3, 2012
    loads of books, great building, good exhibits...also a fine short cut...
  • Anna M.
    Anna MezaOctober 15, 2011
    This library is cool but @cypressparklapl is amazing follow them on twitter:-)
  • Manny S.
    Manny SilveiraJanuary 5, 2013
    Oh how I miss this place. The very bottom floor has an awesome genealogical section , and unlike, it's free.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Beautiful bldg but note: seems to be ground zero for the homeless.
  • Mayhugh
    MayhughJanuary 29, 2013
    Spend some time here. Volunteer at the Adult Literacy Center. Enjoy the green space .
  • Lorrie A.
    Lorrie AnnApril 27, 2010
    Take a tour of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library to learn about the art and architecture of this wonderful building. Read more
  • Monique E.
    Monique EvansMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out one of the Aloud Lecture series. They're great - the authors are amazing, and there are book signings afterward. Sign up online.
  • Lore B.
    Lore BenaventSeptember 21, 2014
    Beauty inside and outside, check out flower street.
  • 3mm@
    3mm@September 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free Internet... best spot is the 3rd Floor the service is better.
  • Shirley P.
    Shirley PerezAugust 15, 2011
    You can go to the teenscape section and find an amazing decoration.
  • ivan r.
    ivan rhivanzOctober 14, 2015
    Love this place! Must check out monthly exhibits
  • Florante Peter I.
    Park after 3pm weekdays for $1 parking with your library card validation
  • Darling
    DarlingNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Since you're here take a FREE Art and Architecture tour with an LAPL Docent and follow us on twitter @Lapldocent
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Read a book & gawk at architecture @laplcentral. Go @metrolosangeles to 7th St. & walk to 5th & Fig #dtla
  • Roberta R.
    Roberta RomeroJune 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    good selection of dvds - docs, tv shows, movies Read more
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinSeptember 13, 2014
    One of the largest libraries in America!!
  • Christina C.
    Christina CabayaMay 19, 2012
    Beautiful fountains and art in the gardens
  • D B.
    D BJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The Quon lady in the history section knows what's up.
  • Liliana M.
    Liliana MirandaJanuary 18, 2014
    @ Tom Bradley wing
  • Gabrielle K.
    Gabrielle Klein-MejiaMarch 21, 2011
    Take your kids to see the snails on the birds of paradise outside!
  • Tanesa H.
    Tanesa HarperMay 20, 2012
    Very helpful. Can be here all day
  • Teri G.
    Teri GosseSeptember 14, 2011
    Check out the elevator shaft -- it's wallpapered with old Dewey Decimal cards!
  • marlon f.
    marlon fuentesApril 27, 2012
    Take advantage of the foreign film section! Kurosawa Fest!
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥January 13, 2015
    Check out the architecture here
  • Microwave !.
    Microwave !October 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    $1 parking after 3pm with validation, bring that Library Card.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesOctober 13, 2010
    This is the third largest public library in the country
  • Nenna O.
    Nenna OlumbaNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Bathrooms are terrible and it smells something awful. But it has every book ever written. Small sacrifices and all that rot.
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't use the bathroom unless you absolutely have to.
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Take in a free lecture from the ALOUD series!
  • GameTrailers .com
    GameTrailers .comMay 21, 2011
    Location in L.A. Noire video game by RockStar Games Read more
  • Shane E.
    Shane EppsMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't plan to park here until after 3pm on week days if you don't want to have to take out a loan to pay.
  • Austin C.
    Austin ColemanMarch 16, 2010
    Look up your family history in the Genealogy section. It's really interesting.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FriedmanFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The free computers beat the hell out of paying 25¢ a minute or more at Kinko's.
  • LA Phil
    LA PhilMarch 30, 2010
    Go to the Richard Neutra exhibit - it is superb!
  • Milton P.
    Milton ParetaJuly 2, 2012
    This Library is Huge.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SmithDecember 19, 2010
    Winter Art Afternoon with LACMA 12/22 @ 3:30-5:30pm Read more
  • Mitzi Y.
    Mitzi Y.July 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Browse the library gift shop for cute wrapping paper, coffee table books and literary geek gifts.
  • Crystal K.
    Crystal KeithJune 17, 2015
    Story time.
  • HCI Parenting-Family Books
    Check out "Eat, Nap, Pray" for tips on low-cost kids entertainment - including trips to the library! Read more
  • Arthur G.
    Arthur GonzalezApril 27, 2010
    the artwork by flower street is pretty awesome...
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BahrMarch 16, 2010
    Check out the Richard Neutra exhibit. It's pretty amazing.
  • Harley C.
    Harley ChadlyJuly 26, 2013
    Don't fuck people who don't read.
  • Salvador .
    Salvador 🐒November 17, 2014
    Bathrooms can be a bit run down and dirty.
  • ! ! "Backstage Gabe .
    ! ! "Backstage Gabe 🔺November 9, 2009
    This place is awesome. Take the subway in.
  • Mitzi Y.
    Mitzi Y.August 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're bored go and check out their books full of patents from the 30s - 50s.
  • Jane R.
    Jane RichardsSeptember 1, 2010
    Free clean restrooms
  • David S.
    David SchneppNovember 20, 2009
    Great library!
  • andrew b.
    andrew bartelApril 15, 2009
    go up and look at the dome and old card catalogs.
  • Derek V.
    Derek Van OssAugust 14, 2009
    go to the free ALOUD lectures - see for info
  • Derek V.
    Derek Van OssAugust 14, 2009
    sorry- (iPhone turns "lapl" into "lapland"...ugh.)
  • Lau U.
    Lau UApril 18
    Hermoso lugar y la sección de niños invita a quedarse y leer por horas.
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