The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in observance of Juneteenth.

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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
Baby sits on a colorful floor in front of an equally colorful parachute.
Thursday mornings at 11 a.m.
Activities and play to help babies 0-18 months and their parents/caregivers bond. For more information, please contact

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

globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
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...

rocks stacked at the shore of a lake
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
Unwind, recharge, and reset with leaders from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Four people singing
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
An interactive program of conscious breathing, vocal exercises, improvisation, and music, Neighborhood Sing promotes self-expression...

Mature students learning computer skills in a classroom.
June 20, 2024 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn about the many free resources offered by the library for self-education, including computer training, clerical skills, test prep, and...

fotografias de Jorge y Paola Ramos e imagen de cubierta del libro Así veo las cosas: lo que nunca te conté
June 20, 2024 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
El periodista latino más reconocido en Estados Unidos presenta su nuevo libro en una conversación con su hija Paola Ramos.

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Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 24 to August 30
Join our Chinese for Beginners program and learn to write traditional Chinese script and speak Mandarin! This fifteen-week Mandarin Chinese...

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...

Octavia E. Butler
June 22, 2024 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In anticipation of the summer of 2024, marked as the setting of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, we eagerly anticipate this...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
June 20, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Eva Jurczyk is a writer and librarian living in Toronto. She has written for Jezebel, The Awl, The Rumpus, and Publishers Weekly. Eva smashed onto the mystery scene in 2022 with her debut, The... Continued
June 18, 2024
By Tina Lernø, Librarian
Summer is here! Summer Reading is here! Well, it's not official, official summer until June 20, which is the Estival or Summer Solstice and the Sun's most northerly point in Earth's sky, making for... Continued
June 13, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Stuart Turton is the best selling author of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil in the Dark Water. His books have won numerous awards and been translated into thirty-seven... Continued
June 12, 2024
By Lauren Kratz, Librarian III
"People have changed the climate of the world. Now they’re waiting for the old days to come back."—The Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler's dystopian science fiction classic, Parable of the... 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.