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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 using laptop
July 13, 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...

stack of books with one open in the middle
July 13, 2024 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Please join us for a public reading of new poetry from the poets of the Los Angeles Public Library poetry workshop and featured guests,...

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...

Child and educator interacting with puppets at the Skirball Cultural Center’s Noah’s Ark Exhibit.
July 13, 2024 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ignite imagination with Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center storytellers, who will share an interactive flood story experience and a...

Joan Renner and her Book of Monsters and Movie Stars
July 13, 2024 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Join us for refreshments, gangsters, glamour, and cake as we celebrate the release of Of Mobsters and Movie Stars: The Bloody "Golden Age"...

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...

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.



What We're Reading


Recent Blog Posts from LAPL Blog
July 11, 2024
By Daryl M., Librarian
Terry J. Benton-Walker grew up in rural GA and now lives in Atlanta with his husband and son, where he writes fantasy and horror for adults, young adults, and children. He has an Industrial... Continued
July 09, 2024
By Elizabeth Graney, Librarian
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't... Continued
July 02, 2024
By Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian
La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles ofrece los libros más leídos y más esperados para niños. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!... Continued
July 01, 2024
By Multilingual Collections, Librarian
Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo! Adultos... 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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