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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
Baby sits on a colorful floor in front of an equally colorful parachute.
Thursday mornings at 11 a.m.
Activities and play to help babies 0-18 months and their parents/caregivers bond. For more information, please contact children@lapl.org.

A volunteer walk-in tutor working with a learner.
Every Thursday at 11 a.m.
Would you like to improve your reading, writing, or conversation skills? Adults can work with a tutor for 15-20 minutes. Walk-in tutoring...

globe with rainbow stack of language books
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.
Russian for Beginners.

globe chandelier located in the Central Library rotunda
Thursdays 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...

Four people singing
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.
An interactive program of conscious breathing, vocal exercises, improvisation, and music, Neighborhood Sing promotes self-expression...

people looking at a computer screen
February 29, 2024 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bring your own device (smartphone, laptop, tablet) to our Drop-in Computer/Device Help session, where staff can assist with basic issues...

A volunteer walk-in tutor working with a learner.
Every Thursday at 3:10 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
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...

a sewing machine
March 2, 2024 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
In this introductory lesson, participants will get hands-on experience with our sewing machines and learn the basics needed to begin their...

plant day graphic
March 2, 2024 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Join Latinx With Plants for a short and sweet workshop that will allow guests to decorate their very own terracotta pot, choose a small...



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
February 29, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Yangsze Choo is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride (now a Netflix Original series) and The Night Tiger, a Reese's Book Club Pick, and a Big Jubilee Read selection for Queen... Continued
February 28, 2024
By Guest Blogger
Hi! We are Zoey, Piper, and Isabella from Palisades Charter High School and the Palisades Library Teen Council Board. We all enjoy learning about biology and the world around us. Our favorite things... Continued
February 28, 2024
By Tina Lernø, Librarian
A leap year, also known as an "intercalary year" or "bissextile" year, is a calendar year that contains an additional day, or in the case of a lunisolar calendar, an entire month, compared to a "... Continued
February 27, 2024
By Deborah Savage, Librarian
World War One broke out in Europe in 1914 following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The United States remained officially neutral and stayed out of... 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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