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Central Library

Central Library Exterior
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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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 with a stack of books
Mondays at 11 a.m.
Are you learning Italian, but need practice speaking the language? Join us for a relaxed and informal group conversation via Zoom.

A book open on it's back with fluttering pages and magic stars
September 26, 2022 4:30 PM
Help us celebrate Latine voices by picking book(s) to read via hoopla!September 12:  Let’s meet and pick a YA Fiction or Non-Fiction book...

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.

Adult literacy logo in teal
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...

A photo of service providers assisting customers.
The last Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.
The Source is a convenient one-stop shop of services and resources for community members experiencing homelessness, life instability, or...

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...

verdant Korean landscape
Tuesdays at 4 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...

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September 27, 2022 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Tweens and teens, 7th grade and up will receive an online introduction to website development and coding. During each session, participants...

2 ladies sipping tea with green text bubbles
September 27, 2022 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Got a gripe you want to vent about? Need to gush about the last episode of Star Wars: Andor? Just want to chat and make new friends? Then...

What We're Reading

Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
September 22, 2022
By Sheryn Morris, Librarian
Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled. It is the mission and responsibility of... Continued
September 22, 2022
By Lupita Leyva, Senior Librarian
A native of Colombia, Nathalia moved to the US to attend the Berklee College of Music and later began her career as a music therapist and early childhood music educator. Since 2012, she has recorded... Continued
September 21, 2022
By Guest Blogger
During the pandemic, I had a lot of extra free time. So I ended up watching a lot of TV, and through some of the darker moments of the pandemic, these five sitcoms brightened up my day. The stressful... Continued
September 21, 2022
By Llyr Heller, Librarian
Award-winning author, bilingual parenting expert/mentor, speaker, writer, podcast host, IG Live host, and parenting influencer. She is the author of four parenting books, published in English and in... 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.


  • 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.