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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
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Fridays at 11 a.m.
This class explores works of fiction and non-fiction from various cultures around the world as a way to understand our differences and the...

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...

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...

Person in a blue top and khaki shorts standing in a forest with outstretched arms
December 3, 2022 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join us at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park for a State Park volunteer-led hike. We will learn about the native oak trees and plants;...

globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
December 3, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Take an hour-long Zoom tour through the Los Angeles Central Library. Your docent guide will share slides, videos, and stories about the...

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...

Book open on its spine with a magical heart coming out
December 5, 2022 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Help us celebrate the holidays 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.

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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...

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...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
December 01, 2022
By Daryl M., Librarian
Before earning her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, M. Rickert worked as a kindergarten teacher, coffee shop barista, Disneyland balloon vendor, and personnel assistant in Sequoia National Park... Continued
December 01, 2022
By Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian
Happy 150th birthday, Los Angeles Public Library! Way back in December 1872, Los Angeles officially founded its public library, which has grown bigger and better through the years, spreading out into... Continued
November 29, 2022
By Christopher Taylor, Adult Librarian
Fall officially begins with the autumnal equinox, which fell on September 22nd this year, but it is with the end of Daylight Saving Time that Fall kicks into high gear. Time is interrupted and... Continued
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

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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.

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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