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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 volunteer walk-in tutor working with a learner.
Every Monday 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...

globe with a stack of rainbow books
Mondays at 12:30 p.m.
Are you learning Italian but need practice speaking the language? Join us for a relaxed and informal group conversation via Zoom.

chalk drawing of Tina Turner
June 24, 2024 4:30 PM
Hello Teens! Come join us for this designing, interactive, and therapeutic experience! You will learn the strategies of chalk drawing to...

a chess game being played on a wooden table, a chess piece being moved
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual game of chess, all ages and skill levels are welcome. Boards and pieces provided. No registration is needed.

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-...



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.

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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