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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
Address:
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone:
213-228-7000
Email:
Contact form
Librarian:
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
Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Fridays 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...

tween reading a graphic novel while eating toast
January 27, 2023 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Club de lectura bilingüe para estudiantes en grados 5-10. Bilingual Book Club for students in grades 5-10.

Central Library's Maguire Gardens
January 28, 2023 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library's gardens. Your docent guide will share slides, videos and stories...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

Sitting female with long blue hair, eyes closed and resting her head on her knees.
January 28, 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We invite you to gather in remembrance of the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay shooting victims. This program will be facilitated by...

Six children and one adult clapping.
January 28, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Enjoy stories, songs, and much, much more! This program is designed for children ages 3-8. For more information, please contact children@...

kids enjoying a storytime
Sundays at 1 p.m.
Children are invited to share the joy of storytelling and reading with our special STAR volunteer, India.

Ceiling of the Central Library Rotunda.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Take an hour-long tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share stories about the history, art, and...

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...

January 31, 2023 2:30 PM
 Do you want to learn Korean? Join us and learn the Korean language and culture. This program is presented by the Los Angeles Public...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
January 27, 2023
By Ana Campos, Principal Librarian
Es el comienzo de un nuevo año, y con él, la oportunidad de empezar nuevas metas. Te recomendamos que el enfoque de esas metas sean la salud, dinero y amor para asegurar una vida más placentera.... Continued
January 26, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Rob Wilkins worked with Terry Pratchett for more than twenty years, first as his personal assistant and later as his business manager. He now manages the Pratchett literary estate and Terry's... Continued
January 26, 2023
By Guest Blogger
Pollinators play a key role in maintaining healthy ecosystems by contributing to plant reproduction. Through their symbiotic relationships with plants, pollinators spread pollen from one organism to... Continued
January 19, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Peter Blauner's career has spanned several generations of New York City storytelling, and several mediums as well. A native of Manhattan and current Brooklyn resident, he began as an assistant to... Continued

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Meeting Rooms

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

Guidelines

  • 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.

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