Collections & Resources
New city resource!
DataLA, the open data portal for the City of Los Angeles. Here you will find data to conduct research, develop web, online, and mobile applications, and generally learn more about Los Angeles.
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.
LAPL Writes is a resource for our local author community. There are suggested booklists, weblinks, and links to Gale Courses and Universal Class, which offer online courses on everything from writing YA fiction to publishing your e-book.
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.