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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
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...

An open book with a magical heart coming out of the pages.
November 28, 2022 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Help us celebrate Indigenous voices by picking book(s) to read via hoopla!

boy playing chess
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess; all ages and skills welcome. Board and pieces provided, no registration needed.

Adult literacy logo in teal
Mondays at 5:45 p.m.
Americans often speak fast and use confusing expressions and slang. One effective and fun way to improve your comprehension 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...

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...

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@lapl....

Paper collage with inspirational words
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...

globe next to a rainbow stack of books with text that reads, Armenian for Beginners
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Armenian for beginners.

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
November 22, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Marion Deeds was born in Santa Barbara, California, and moved to northern California when she was five. She loves the redwoods, the ocean, dogs, and crows. She's fascinated by the unexplained and... Continued
November 17, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, England, where she now writes full-time... Continued
November 17, 2022
By Christopher Taylor, Adult Librarian
Martin Scorsese, born November 17th, 1942 turns 80 years old today. Known as Marty to his pals, he is one of North America’s most well-known directors. With 2023 promising the release of the David... Continued
November 14, 2022
By Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk
This is the sixth in a series of blog posts that looks at history near a Los Angeles Public Library branch. Library resources, including books, local newspapers, maps, city directories, vertical... 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.


  • 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.