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Rare Books Department

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Located on Level Three (L3) of the Goodhue Building  |  phone: (213) 228-7350  

 Online Appointment Form | Reader Registration Form

For general queries please contact aboyad@lapl.org

Hours of Operation

Items in the Rare Books Room are available by appointment only between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you're unable to visit on a week day, we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Please note that materials are not available for check-out.


To Make an Appointment

Please fill out this Online Appointment Form. A staff member will contact you within 24 hours.

If you are a first time reader, please complete this Reader Registration Form.

Department Staff

  • Ani Boyadjian, Department Manager, Research & Special Collections (213) 228-7223
  • Xochitl Oliva, Senior Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections (213) 228-7353

Materials & Collections

Rare books has over 22,000 volumes predominantly in English and Spanish, dating from the fifteenth century. The majority of materials were published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Our two largest special collections are Photographs and Maps, although only a small fraction of these collections are housed in the Rare Books Room.

Core collections in the Rare Books Room include California HistoryMexicanaBullfighting, Pacific voyages, Food and wine, Costume, Travel in North America, Europe and the Near East, History of the book and printing, Ornithology and American Indians.

Other collections include the Casey Fashion Plate Collection, the Tom Owen Collection of Bookplate ArtJapanese PrintsCalifornia Prints, Artists' Books, Travel posters, the Menu Collection, the Paul Fritzche Collection of Culinary Literature, the Cookery Ephemera CollectionFruit Crate Labels, the Lummis Autograph Collection, the Gladys English Collection of American Children's Book Illustration, and the Behymer Opera Collection.

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