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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
child at a laptop computer
February 24, 2024 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Children and their families will learn how 3D printers work and design their projects using Tinkercad, a free web app for 3D design....

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...

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...

A volunteer walk-in tutor working with a learner.
Every Saturday at 11:00 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...

Volunteer teacher helping learners in the classroom.
Every Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Do you want to practice your English pronunciation and better understand those unusual expressions called idioms? This class is for you!...

two people sitting at a table and looking at an open book.
Every Saturday at 1:00 p.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...

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...

Six children and one adult clapping.
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Enjoy stories, songs, and much, much more! This program is designed for children ages 3-8.

For more information, please contact children@...

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...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
February 24, 2024
By Amanda Charles, Librarian III
Growing up as a biracial girl in the 1980s and 1990s, there weren't a whole lot of comic books featuring Black and brown characters. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the comics aisle at my... Continued
February 22, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Kacen Callender is the bestselling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including the Stonewall Honor Book, Felix Ever After and the National Book Award for... Continued
February 21, 2024
By Guest Blogger
In this year's TLC project, our focus is on library beautification. As teens, our motivation for undertaking this project lies in recognizing that libraries are vital community spaces. We understand... Continued
February 20, 2024
By Yvette Cabrera, Librarian
Some of the things that first come to mind when we think of culture are the languages, religions, foods, and arts that are a part of the traditions of a specific group of people. But culture is much... 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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