The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day.

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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
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...

globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Sundays at 3 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 tutor with a learner reviewing a book
Every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Would you like to improve your reading, writing, or conversation skills? Adults can work with a tutor for 20 minutes. Walk-in tutoring is...

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 stack of books
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
This is an Advanced Spanish Reading Group where we read and discuss short stories, poems, and articles to help expand your vocabulary and...

Library patrons talking to service providers
Last Tuesday of the month from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A convenient one-stop-shop of services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness, life instability, or who are low-...

Woman under the tree
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...

May 28, 2024 3:00 PM
Reading and Rhythm is a six-week program that is great for beginning-level learners and those who want to practice sounding out words. In...

Buildings and trees
Tuesdays at 4:00 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 18 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers.

For more information, please...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
May 25, 2024
By Elizabeth Graney, Librarian
Still can't get enough of Star Wars? May the 4th beckoning you back? Well, then, immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars fiction series. Now, including all titles through May... Continued
May 24, 2024
By Salvadora Sosa Prieto, Administrative Clerk
In the galaxy of entertainment, few events rival the impact of May 25th, 1977. It marked the birth of an intergalactic saga that would captivate hearts and minds across the cosmos. As the Star... Continued
May 23, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
John Shen Yen Nee is a half-Chinese, half Scottish American media executive, producer and entrepreneur who was born in Knoxville, grew up in San Diego and is now based in Los Angeles, with a penchant... Continued
May 22, 2024
By Art Department
In this installment of book treasures in our Special Collections, we will be looking at broadly distributed multiples: materials that are expressive with experimentation similar in energy to a modern... 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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