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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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Central Docents, Central Library, 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. In fact, if you peer through the glass doors at street level today, you can still see the original entrance ramp.

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Money Mysteries

Money Mysteries: Or why is there an eyeball on the dollar bill?

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, June 22, 2015

Who’s the guy on the old $10,000 note (Salmon Chase, note no longer printed)?  Is America on the gold standard (NO, not since June 1933)?  What’s the origin of the term “greenback” (a U.S.


Big List of Book Lists VII

Big List of Book Lists VII - 2015 Summer Reading Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 18, 2015

A round-up of interesting summer reading lists found on the internet on Thursday, June 18, 2015.


The Colors of Serenity

The Colors of Serenity: Travel Photographs of Setsuko Owan

International Languages Department, Central Library, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In the story “The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree” Hans Christian Andersen presents a short dialogue between a little fly and an oak tree. “Will all the beauty of the world come to an end when you die?” asks the little fly.


LGBT Collections moving to new call number area

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A number of years ago, a young man came to the reference desk with a question for the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department librarians.  He asked me why books about gay men were next to the shelves with incest and sexual bondage books.  He said that wasn't how he was at a


June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 15, 2015

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Literate Fence

The Literate Fence: Championing Books, Reading & LA’s Diversity

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, June 13, 2015

The elegant Literate Fence, on the Fifth Street side of the library, was designed by Washington state industrial metal artist, Ries Niemi (b.1955). The Deco design, completed in 1993, echoes the design of the original library building.


Count Rumford

Stoves, Spies, and Scientists

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 12, 2015

It’s Summer! Congratulations to everyone for making it through these last few frigid months. Do you know it got as cold as 37℉ in January here in Los Angeles? That’s cold! But we made it through it. With central heating, and fuzzy slippers, cocoa and stoic expressions we made it through.


Bradbury Chronicles

The Bradbury Chronicles

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 11, 2015
At Noon on June 15 in Meeting Room A of the Central Library, the Literature and Fiction Department hosts "The Bradbury Chronicles", a talk by Sam Weller, a top Bradbury scholar who worked for 12 years as his authorized biographer.

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, June 10, 2015

¿A dónde vas, humilde trova mía,
así cruzando los extensos mares…?

Where are you going, friendly troubadour,
Crossing the vast seas with a long detour…?


June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 7, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 8, 2015

Two former number ones return to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


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