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Lee Lawrie's Wise Owls Decorate the Library

August 16, 2016

The doors of wisdom are never shut. - Benjamin Franklin

The classic icon of wisdom, the owl, is found in several places around the original Bertram Goodhue Library building. These owls are not hidden, but they may not be obvious to the casual visitor.


Mystery of the Hope Street Tunnel

July 15, 2016

Did you know that when Central Library opened in 1926, the entrance at 530 South Hope Street was both the "front door" and mailing address? Patrons entered the gates at Hope Street and walked up a long sloping ramp to a circulation desk at the center of the lower level.


Happy 90th Birthday, Goodhue Building!

June 15, 2016

In July of 1926, Angelenos eagerly awaited the opening of the Los Angeles Central Library's new building, the first permanent home for the fifty-year-old library.


April 29 Marks 30th Anniversary of 1986 Fire

April 29, 2016

This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic fire of a library building in the U.S. It occurred at our Central Library.


Long-lost Lucretius Poem Still Resonates

April 22, 2016

If you've taken one of our free library tours, we've probably pointed out the quotation over the Flower Street entrance from Lucretius: “Like runners they bear on the lamp of life."


Hidden Spaces and Forgotten Places in the Library

February 08, 2016

Have you ever climbed the old marble staircase in our Central Library and, glancing up, spied a lit window cozily lined with books and plants?


Sculptor Jud Fine Reflects on the Maguire Gardens’ SPINE

January 04, 2016

The incised metal steps that lead from Flower Street to the Central Library are part of an “art plan integrated with an architectural plan” now known as “Spine,” and the highlight of The Maguire Gardens. It is “not an installation or a sole art project,” says primary artist, Jud Fine.


Teen’Scape Revisited: YA Library after Nearly Two Decades

November 23, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.  Architect Robert Coffee created the unique space, which opened


Teen’Scape: The Origin Story

November 12, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.   The 4,000 square-foot area includes the “living room,” c


Being a Central Library Docent

September 29, 2015

If you love the historic Central Library’s art and architecture, why not share that passion with others?


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