The library will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Kren Malone, Director

Hours of Service

Mon: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tues: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Weds: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Central Library
a young African-American man smiling sitting on a couch, looking down at a laptop that's on a small table, with headphones on
Tuesdays from 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library lends e-books, audiobooks, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, comic books, and more to...

A photo of service providers assisting customers.
The last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
The Source is a convenient one-stop shop of services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness, life instability, or...

Verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library...

verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public Library and the King Sejong...

Walk-in tutor and an adult student reviewing a workbook.
Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Walk-in is available for any patrons who need help with Internet searches, filling out forms, English conversation, spelling &...

Librarian reads to babies, toddlers, and adults.
Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Stories, songs, movement and more for children aged 0-5 and their parents/caregivers. For more information, please contact children@...

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Wednesdays at 12 noon
Take some time for your creative pursuits with fellow art-makers in this virtual studio hour. Bring whatever creative project you're...

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Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Armenian for beginners.

globe with rainbow stack of language books
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
Russian for Beginners.

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Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
May 25, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand-born screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and journalist. His screen credits include The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, and the... Continued
May 23, 2023
By Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian
This is the final part of a seven-part blog series exploring the long-forgotten Los Angeles arts & culture magazine The Graphic. The Los Angeles Public Library owns what is likely the most... Continued
May 22, 2023
By Meredith Sires, Children's Librarian
Last week, I came across a perfect Mother’s Day gift in the form of Mazal Bueno! a new board book by Sarah Aroeste sprinkled with Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of Sephardic Jews. My mom, known... Continued
May 22, 2023
By Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian
The name Gloria Molina has been in my consciousness ever since I can remember. As a fourth-generation Mexican American growing up in Los Angeles, it was impossible not to know that name but rather... Continued

Meeting Rooms

The Literature & Fiction (Upper Level 3) and Business Department (Lower Level 1) have glass-enclosed meeting rooms available for use.


  • Meeting Room hours
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sign ups on the hour or half hour
  • Must have a valid library card
  • Reservations must be made in person, day of and up to one day in advance
  • Two hours per floor per patron
  • Water allowed. No food or drink
  • Three or more people required for large (6 chair) rooms
  • Furniture and chairs must not be moved
  • Dry erase markers and erasers available upon request
  • All library rules apply: Patrons in violation of library rules may be refused service.