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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...

silhouettes of people waving American flags
Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Clases de ciudadanía gratuitas. La biblioteca ofrece una serie de clases que le ayudarán a prepararse para el exámen de ciudadanía. Las...

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

Close up of a hand holding a pen ready to write in a journal
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join this inclusive, in-person poetry workshop where poets of all levels can come together, share their work, and foster a vibrant poetry...

Globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Saturdays 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...

Several colorful origami animal faces.
September 23, 2023 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn some simple origami and create different animal faces using colorful paper. All supplies will be provided. This program is designed...

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...

community standing in front of tall buildings in shades of blue
September 25, 2023 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A representative from L.A. Works will provide information on emergency resources, including information related to L.A. County and L.A....

a photo of chess pieces and chess board
Every Monday 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Boards and pieces provided. No registration is required.

An open book sits in the middle of a table, surrounded by stacks of books
September 25, 2023 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Join Black Women for Wellness and the Los Angeles Public Library Social Science, Philosophy, & Religion Department for "The Vanguard of...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
September 22, 2023
By Phoebe Swan Guiot, Senior Librarian
Literature is celebrated in every language, and authors and illustrators worldwide understand the importance of connecting their work to schools and students. As part of this year's Los Angeles... Continued
September 21, 2023
By Daryl M., Librarian
Amiee Gibbs grew up in rural Maryland, where she still lives on an allegedly haunted road, but has dreams of running away to Ireland. She has worked for Penguin Random House for 13 years as a Sales... Continued
September 20, 2023
By Celia Avila, Senior Librarian
Sometimes, all you need is to submerge yourself in the pages of a classic romance novel. The allure of passion and drama draws us in, gives us something to root for, and offers a welcome escape from... Continued
September 18, 2023
By Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian
In a world where literature has the power to bridge gaps and foster understanding, Alex Sanchez stands as a shining example of an author who has dedicated his literary career to celebrating diversity... Continued

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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