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Access the library's wealth of print and electronic resources using the links below, or contact a librarian for assistance.


Over 6 million books, audiobooks, periodicals, DVDs and CDs to check out!

Up-to-date subject information from journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistical resources and more.

Over 80,000 photographs, with emphasis on Southern California history.

Maps, posters, bookplates and other visual materials.

We offer a wide range of downloadable e-Media to our patrons, including e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Videos and mp3 music downloads.

Book Reviews and book lists by our librarians, as well as our new and popular titles.

Librarian-chosen Web sites we use for answering questions. Also, links to the most popular Web search engines.

Indexes maintained by LAPL's own librarians covering everything from autographs to cookery and obituaries to the theatre.

Written by staff to acquaint library users with available resources in the various subject departments at Central Library.

Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library is a depository site for government information.

Ask a Librarian

If you're having difficulty finding what you're looking for, ask a Librarian! Available by email, phone, fax, instant message and text message, or in person at any branch.

Email:InfoNow Email Form
Phone:213-228-7272
Fax:213-228-7369
IM:AIM: Asklapl
Yahoo!: Asklapl
Hotmail: Asklapl@hotmail.com
Text:Text 66746 and start your question with AskLAPL

Further Details

Online Wordprocessing

Online word processing services are available through Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive services.

For help on using these word processing programs, as well as additional options available from Library computers:

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