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Download the free Archive LAPL app from the iTunes store.

The ARchive LAPL app development project is a partnership between USC Annenberg and the Los Angeles Public Library’s historic Central Library to "augment" the library—bringing visual, video and 3-D experiences to the rich art, architecture and collections of the historic Central Library.


Visual Markers

You can also experience Archive LAPL from home! Here are some of the visual markers that trigger the augmented reality experiences. Access the complete list


How the App was Developed

  • Learn more about the collaboration between Central Library, USC and Neon Roots from this article published in Library Journal.

  • Learn more about augmented reality and how the ARchive LAPL app was developed. Watch the following video created by USC Annenberg.

This project is a result of an experimental Augmented Reality Storytelling and Journalism course in Fall 2013 led by USC Annenberg Professor Robert Hernandez, with work produced by USC students (Kaitlyn Mullin, Heather Navarro, Daniella Segura, Sydney Tuss, Serhan Ulkumen, Phoebe Unterman, and Sammi Won) with the guidance and assistance of the LAPL staff. The final app was produced by Neon Roots, LLC. For more info on the app development, visit webjournalist.org

Augmented reality in the Library?! Why not?

Now you can experience the art, architecture, history and special collections of Central Library with augmented reality through the ARchive LAPL app.

Get started!

1 - If you have an iPhone or iPad, go to  iTunes store (coming to Android soon!)

2 - Download the free ARchive LAPL app

3 - Start exploring!

Choose the USC Experience to check out visual markers throughout Central Library, or the challenging Ghost Experience where you will be presented with clues that will lead you to the visual markers that will trigger the experience.

Look for the ARchive logo near the visual markers to launch the Augmented reality experience.

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